Going out in style: Fayetteville's Gulley heads to OSU with perfect season in pocket.
If Fred Gulley saved his best for last, then coaches in the Big 12 Conference should be very worried about the 6-foot-2 point guard from Fayetteville who is coming into their conference next season.
The Oklahoma State signee helped Fayetteville complete a perfect 30-0 season with a 40-34 victory over Rogers in the 7A title on March 14 in Hot Springs. Bulldog coach Barry Gebhart said afterward that Gulley was playing his best basketball ever for Fayetteville.
It's hard to argue with that logic after Gulley scored 21 points, hitting 6 of 12 shots from the field and 7 of 8 from the line, while holding Rogers' All-Staler and ArkansasSports360.com First-Teamer Aaron Hawley to 13 points and 4 of 14 shooting.
For his performance this season, Gulley is the ArkansasSports360.com Boys Player of the Year.
"Every shot he took was contested [by Gulley]," Gebhart said of the Rogers star, who has signed with Division I Drake University. "[Gulley's] always guarding the other team's best player."
Gulley, the 2008 and 2009 Gatorade Player of the Year in Arkansas, scored fewer points his senior season (16.9 per game as a junior compared to 16.4 as a senior) but did things like averaging 3.5 steals and three assists per game as a senior.
Those traits helped Gulley make a name for himself at an early age when it was reported that as a seventh-grader he was offered a basketball scholarship to the University of Arkansas by then-coach Stan Heath. The story, as Heath would explain, was blown out of proportion when one of Heath's assistants at the time saw the youngster play and said he was ready then to offer Gulley.
Things didn't work out for the Razorbacks when it came time for Gulley to pick his college, however. He chose Oklahoma State in November over Arkansas, Missouri, Baylor and Tulsa.
As the quarterback of the team from his point guard spot, Gulley did what few in the state have done, and that is complete a perfect season.
"Great teams expect to win and that's been our mentality," Gulley said of the season in which four Bulldogs were named to the Arkansas Activities Association 7A All-State team.
Gebhart summed up Gulley best when he said, "I wouldn't trade him for anybody else in the state."
ALLSTATE FINALS TEAM BOYS
Fred Gulley, Fayetteville
Demetrius Harris, Jacksonville
John Kordsmeier, Conway St. Joseph
Ben Vaillancourt, Guy-Perkins
A.J. Walton, Little Rock Hall
HOW THEY WERE CHOSEN:
The All-ArkansasSports360.com teams were selected after receiving input from various coaches, scouts and other media members.
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|Date:||Apr 6, 2009|
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