Competition heating up for MU Prospect Gulley

Fred Gulley has long shared a relationship with the Missouri basketball staff, but Gulley also has been receiving heavy interest recently from some of college basketball's biggest-name programs. How will that affect Mizzou's chances with the talented guard from Fayetteville, Arkansas? InsideMizzou.com has the inside scoop…

Gulley, a 6-foot-2 junior who is among the top recruits on MU's board in 2009, has been hearing quite a bit from Kentucky and Kansas lately. We caught up with Gulley and he let us know how the increased attention has affected his recruitment and Mizzou's chance of landing a commitment from him, as well as how much of a role his relationship with Mike Anderson will play.

"It plays a huge role because I want to go somewhere where I know what I've got in the coaching staff and feel comfortable that they'll reat me the right way, and I already know that about" Missouri, Gulley said. Anderson "tells me all the time that his system is a perfect fit for me … He says it's a blessing [that the two share the relationship] and that it's destiny."

Gulley is a point guard who averaged 17.7 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists as a sophomore. He's got excellent athleticism, is a defensive stopper and has a knack for both scoring and getting the ball where it needs to be. Mizzou, Arkansas, Baylor and Tulsa have offered him, while Kentucky, Kansas and Virginia have been showing a lot of interest.

"Coach [Bill] Self wanted to come in and watch me practice, but I've had a little injury so I haven't been able to," Gulley said. "I've had a relationship with coach [Billy] Gillispie for a while."

Gulley, who has a perfect GPA and would like to study sports medicine, is hoping to make some unofficial visits this winter and next spring before hopefully coming to a decision early next summer.

"I haven't really narrowed it down. I'm just looking at all of my options. I talked to coach Anderson a couple of weeks ago and he's going to come down and see me [this fall]. They already had a couple of the assistant coaches here … I want to get up there and check out some of their games," he said.

Coach Anderson has just been telling me how they've come such a long way and it sounds like things are [improving rapidly]," he said.

As always, InsideMizzou.com will keep you posted…

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