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Marian Catholic 2014 point guard Tyler Ulis has met and exceeded every obstacle put in front of him during his first three years of high school. On the Nike EYBL circuit with Meanstreets he went head-to-head with the top point guards in the country and destroyed them.
Against Jaquan Lyle he went for 25 points and 10 assists. How about 6’5” future top 5 NBA Draft choice Emmanuel Mudiay? He dropped 31 points and 6 assists on his Texas Pro team. The big test he wanted was against Minnesota lead guard Tyus Jones. In the Nike Peach Jam he put up 22 points and 17 assists against the nation’s top point guard.
Ulis played at his peak against the best competition throughout his career. He always rises to the occasion. Last high school season in front of Michigan State Head Coach Tom Izzo, Ulis drilled a game winner at the buzzer. This kid lives for the spotlight.
When Kentucky first got involved many thought that was a stretch. It makes a lot more sense when you think about it. Ulis is the best option available to the Wildcats at the point guard spot in 2014. Mudiay seemed to slowly be swaying away from Kentucky before his ultimate commitment to SMU. Tyus Jones never seemed a likely candidate to land in Lexington. As the board fell and Ulis’ stock continued to rise he was the best option. There are more reasons this is a good fit.
Ulis is a pass first point guard. Elite wings and bigs like playing with a lead guard that is more concerned about getting them involved than getting his own points. The Marian Catholic star has that charisma that great leaders in any walk of life have. People want to follow him because he will make them better. When you talk to other high profile players they all say they love playing with him at camps. Expect Ulis to bring some of his friends with him to Kentucky in 2014.
The other point people make is that Kentucky will just recruit over him. Think about his though. What point guard in the class of 2015 would you rather have as an incoming freshman that has never played a game than Ulis as a sophomore with a year of experience? There is not that big time NBA John Wall, Andrew Harrison, Mudiay one and done type of point guard as of right now in that class.
Also a player like Ulis will give the Wildcats a stabilizing force that will be a long term option. He will be there three or four years. This will bring some continuity to the never ending merry go round of point guards that are coming in and out of Lexington.
So just like many thought, one of the state’s premier prospects will be a Kentucky Wildcat. Just not the one everyone believed it would be.