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Tyler Ulis talks recruitment, Kentucky, and Calipari

John L Kim Chicago Tribune

John L Kim Chicago Tribune


2014 4 star point guard Tyler Ulis from Marian Catholic High School in Chicago Heights, Illinois has recently received interest from John Calipari and Kentucky. The July evaluation period saw Ulis’ stock skyrocket as he impressed scouts and coaches alike especially in his 22 point 17 assist performance against top point guard Tyus Jones at Peach Jam. With offers from programs like Michigan State, Southern Cal, Iowa, and Northwestern, Ulis has been in the sights of many programs for his elite ball handling, court vision, and shooting. He recently trimmed his list down to Michigan State, Southern Cal, Iowa, and Kentucky. Though his height draws criticism from some, Ulis has not used his stature as an excuse, passing every challenge thrown his way this summer in the Nike EYBL and elite camps. The top point guard from Illinois took a moment to chat with KSR about his recruitment and thoughts on Kentucky.


What are your thoughts on UK’s program?

I think that UK is a great program because Coach Calipari is a great at developing his players over their college career and winning games.

Have you attention from Big Blue Nation on Twitter since the news came out?

Yeah, there’s been a lot of people on Twitter tweeting about Kentucky starting to recruit me.

How much have you talked to Coach Cal and Coach O?

I haven’t talked to them yet. They have talked with my dad.

Are you planning to visit UK this year and where are your other visits?

Yes, I plan on visiting UK sometime when I get back from Chris Paul camp. We haven’t decided on other visits yet.

Have you put any timetable on your decision?

NO, I haven’t put a timetable on it. I’ll decide whenever I feel like I know what school is best for me.

What are you looking for in the school you choose?

I want a school that has a style of play that fits my game and a good relationship with a coaching staff.

What’s the most appealing part of UK?

The most appealing part of UK is all the players that Coach Cal has coached and sent pro. He’s been really successful when it comes to point guards. He’s really hard on them which I like.


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Article written by Jay Hochstetler

I live the sad but addicting life of tracking where 15-18 year old gentleman are considering for their collegiate basketball careers. Follow me @JayHochKSR

5 Comments for Tyler Ulis talks recruitment, Kentucky, and Calipari

  1. backpack
    1:44 pm August 11, 2013 Permalink

    Seems like a great kid, buy I’m not sure Cal will extend this kid an offer. Harrow hurt small point guards around the country.

  2. uncle ance
    1:49 pm August 11, 2013 Permalink

    Does Ky. teach the fast break anymore? Seems like most kids like that style of play.

  3. You know
    3:36 pm August 11, 2013 Permalink

    Look, it’s Ryan harrow.

  4. Ulis S Grant
    4:31 pm August 11, 2013 Permalink

    Physically small and mentally weak are two completely different things. Ulis may be small but he’s on a different planet than Harrow. Ryan Harrow was defeated before he stepped on the floor and unfortunately his attitude was contagious with a young team that was absent a leader.
    Ulis isn’t afraid of competition or contact.

  5. backpack
    5:10 pm August 11, 2013 Permalink

    Ryan Harrow was a highly rated PG coming out of highschool. If we get Mudiay I am fine added this kid, but I don’t think he will be physically ready to replace Andrew Harrison next season. Small pg’s are just so limited in what they can do.