It’s crazy to think the regular season for hoops is on Friday. But, here we are with the sun setting at 6pm if we’re lucky and sweater weather upon us. So, with the Wildcats opening up at home with Albany on Friday night, there’s something different I want to see out of point guard Tyler Ulis.
Most people want to see how Ulis runs the team now that he’s the man and go-to guy for leadership. Some others want to see how he plays in the pick-and-roll with Skal. While that’s great, I want to see how Ulis attacks offensively looking for his own shot.
We all know he’s a great passer and great teammate. I want to see what happens when he plays a little ‘selfish,’ — and I mean that in a positive manner. I want to see him look for his own shot from behind the arc. I want to see him get into the lane and use that runner we all fell in love with during recruiting videos and last season.
To me that’s the biggest unknown with Ulis so far. Can he be the scorer when Calipari and the team needs him to be? I absolutely believe he can and will be, but I want to see it happen during a meaningful game. Now, let’s not think Albany will be a completely easy game as the Great Danes have made the NCAA Tournament quite a bit recently out of the America East and will challenge Stony Brook for a bid yet again this year. But, let’s see what Ulis does early on and see what happens when he looks to score for himself.