STILLWATER — Fred Gulley's basketball career at Oklahoma has been marked by ups and downs.
The latest downer is his departure from the program.
Gulley, a redshirt sophomore, has been granted his request for a transfer and will leave the Cowboys immediately, apparently upset over a lack of playing time.
“We appreciate what Fred has done for us over the past two-plus seasons,” said Cowboys coach Travis Ford. “We wish him nothing but the best and hope that he does well in his future endeavors.”
Gulley started five of the eight games he played in, missing two games because of a shoulder injury. As part of a three-man plan at the point guard spot — along with Reger Dowell and Cezar Guerrero — Gulley was averaging 18.4 minutes per game. Dowell and Guerrero, who started five games combined, were averaging 19.2 and 16.9 points, respectively.
“Everybody wants 30 minutes and wants to be the guy,” Ford said. “I understand that.”
Gulley's departure means more minutes for Dowell and Guerrero. Dowell projects to get the start Wednesday night against an Alabama team he was once committed to, as a high school sophomore. And both he and Guerrero now get an opportunity for more minutes.
“That's what I've been really wanting,” Dowell said. “That's what everyone wants, to be honest. Coming out of high school, every guy wants to be in that spotlight, be in a position where they play major minutes. I'm not shying from that at all. I'd love to play major minutes.”
Gulley, from Fayetteville, Ark.