Fred Gulley is leaving the Oklahoma State basketball team. PHOTO BY DOUG HOKE, The Oklahoman Doug Hoke
He started 14 of the final 15 games as a true freshman in 2009-10, taking over when Ray Penn was injured. He started the first seven games last season, before requiring season-ending right shoulder surgery and receiving a medical redshirt. Gulley had surgery to his left shoulder during the summer before last season.
Again healthy this year, Gulley found himself in a time share at the point. He was averaging 4.0 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists.
Without him, the focus of running the squad falls to Dowell and Guerrero.
“I think it will be good for them,” Ford said. “We'll see if they're ready or not. They're both going to play a bigger role, because now CJ's going to play the point and the 2 (guard).”
The loss of Gulley at least alleviates the logjam at the point.
“I'm actually a bit excited about that,” Ford said. “Decisions have been tough to make.”
Ford reflected on how his first OSU team responded when post player Ibrahima Thomas left the Cowboys in December of 2008, rallying to win 23 games and earn a spot in the NCAA Tournament.
“We were in this situation a little bit when Ibrahima Thomas left at about this same time,” Ford said, “and here's a guy who meant a lot more to his team at that point.
“You have to challenge guys, step up, ‘Let's see what you're made of.'”