Gulley Granted Release, Leaving OSU

As expected, Oklahoma State announced on Tuesday that sophomore point guard Fred Gulley has been granted his release from the basketball program and will seek a transfer.

"We appreciate what Fred has done for us over the past two-plus seasons," Ford said. "We wish him nothing but the best and hope that he does well in his future endeavors."

Gulley had played in eight of 10 games for the Cowboys this season, starting five. Gulley was averaging 4.0 points and 2.5 rebounds in just over 18 minutes per contest and missed two games with a shoulder injury he suffered in OSU's blowout loss to Stanford in New York City.

Gulley had an injury-riddled career, having started the first seven games last season before a surgery on his right shoulder forced him to miss the remainder of the year.

He started 14 of the final 15 games his freshman year in 2009-10 on a team that went to the NCAA Tournament.

Despite starting five of the eight games he'd suited up for this season, his frustrations built over a lack of paying time that eventually led to his decision to leave the team.

Ford acknowledged that sentiment yesterday, saying:

"You know everybody wants 30 minutes and wants to be ‘the guy' and I understand that," he said.

Gulley was a two-time state player of the year in Arkansas at Fayetteville High School. The 6-foot-2 guard led his high school team to a 30-0 record and a class 7A championship as a senior, averaging 16.4 points, 4.7 rebounds, 3.3 steals and 2.8 assists.

He never experienced that level of success under Ford and when the playing time began to decrease he made the decision to search for opportunities elsewhere.

With Gulley's departure, only Reger Dowell remains from the highly-praised 2009 recruiting class. Karron Johnson never made it to Stillwater but Gulley joins Torin Walker, Jarred Shaw, Roger Franklin and Ray Penn as players who have all left the program in the past three seasons.

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