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Archers girls guard picks college destination

– It took South Side guard Lakyn Gulley about five hours on the California State-Fullerton campus to see it was the place for her.

So when the Titans extended an offer on an unofficial visit Friday, the senior-to-be gave them an oral commitment.

“She’s going to be able to bring a little more transition, shooting out of transition and that kind of thing,” Archers coach Juanita Goodwell said. “They’re interested in her at the point position.”

Gulley flew out for her unofficial visit Thursday, after 4 1/2 months of contact with the Titans staff.

Cal State-Fullerton began recruiting Gulley in mid-February. She initiated contact with the program via an interest letter, Goodwell said.

“They followed her all the way through the state tournament and followed the (Class 4A state championship) game online,” Goodwell said.

“Lakyn did all of the legwork getting everything out. We put in place the opportunity for them to have a highlight reel put together and then an interest letter that gives all their stats.”

Gulley sent that information to coach Daron Park’s staff and received a follow-up email as her junior year wound down.

Gulley averaged eight points, two rebounds and an assist last season for South Side, the state runner-up. She shot 35 percent on three-pointers and 71 percent from the free-throw line.

Park said Gulley would fit well in a system that needs stronger perimeter play.

“He was really impressed in the last couple of games she played,” Goodell said.