Mizzou Recruit Gulley Moving Toward Decision

Missouri's recruitment of Fayetteville, AK, point guard Fred Gulley is hitting the home stretch. Here's the latest…

Gulley, a 6-foot-2 junior whom InsideMizzou.com has chronicled for some time, told us recently he will have a decision by late June or early July. He holds offers from Mizzou, Arkansas, Baylor, Virginia and Tulsa and is also receiving heavy interest from Georgia Tech, which he will visit shortly, among others. It seems likely his destination will be one of those six schools.

"Missouri's coaches were at just about every one of my games, supporting me [at a recent AAU tournament]," said Gulley, a versatile performer who is ranked the No. 21 point man in the nation in 2009. "I talked to coach Anderson just the other day. It's always good talking with him and catching up."

Gulley missed a chunk of his junior year because of a groin injury, but returned in time to lead his school to the 7A state semifinals. He was also named the Arkansas Boys Basketball Gatorade Player of the Year after posting averages of 16.9 points, 6.7 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.4 steals. The cousin of former Arkansas star and current Utah Jazz player Ronnie Brewer, he confesses there is some pressure to remain local and star for the Razorbacks; MU and Arkansas seem to be the frontrunners at this point.

"There's always a lot of pressure to stay local," he said, "but I'm really just looking to find a program where I can help. That's where I want to go."

Gulley has known Anderson since Gulley was in the third grade, when Anderson's wide coached Gulley's basketball team.

"That's important, to already have a relationship with your coach and know what you are getting into," Gulley said. "I'm not worried about [Mizzou's recent struggles] because coach Anderson inherited most of those players. He's trying to get his kind of players, who can help him build the program."

Anderson has also talked to Gulley about making an early commitment and then joining the staff'in its recruiting efforts. For instance, his AAU teammate Clarence Trent is a highly regarded prospect whom the Tigers seemingly would like to have. Should Gulley pick Mizzou, he'll be working on Trent and possibly others to join him. Gulley said he plans to visit Mizzou in early June and make a decision in the month thereafter.

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