Jamal Murray and Tyler Ulis are Kentucky’s leading scorers, averaging 17.6 and 14.2 points a game, respectively. The two guards have been UK’s most consistent players this season, and were the only two Wildcats CBS Sports’ Sam Vecenie included in his Top 100 (and 1) Player Rankings this week:
28. Tyler Ulis | G | Kentucky (PR: 9): I never would have guessed coming into the season that the highest-ranked Kentucky player would be all the way down at No. 28, but here we are. Ulis is the leader of the group, and he’s averaging 13 points and six assists per game. He’s doing about as well as he can to get everyone involved in the offense and he really cares defensively. But he is still shooting under 40 percent from the field, and his defense probably is slightly overrated due to how much energy he expends there.
35. Jamal Murray | G | Kentucky (PR: 19): I’m still a pretty firm believer in Murray. He doesn’t really have the space he needs to operate at Kentucky in order to use his shiftiness and change of direction to create for others, so he’s often just creating for himself in tight spaces. That’s why the shooting percentages and turnover rates are a bit higher than you’d like to see. Having said that, the flashes are there with Murray. The skill is absolutely there.
These rankings are drastically different than those that came out before the season began in October. For comparison, here’s how the CBS Sports crew ranked the Top 100 (and one) players on October 15:
5. Jamal Murray
6. Skal Labissiere
33. Tyler Ulis
87. Alex Poythress
So, according to the CBS Sports crew, the only player who has overachieved this season is Ulis. Honestly, that seems about fair.