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Sports Illustrated says Tyler Ulis will be the best freshman in the SEC


Sports Illustrated’s Brian Hamilton is already previewing the conferences for next season, and says that Kentucky is poised to take the SEC’s reins back from Florida, and they have the league’s top freshmen in Tyler Ulis:

Top freshman

Tyler Ulis, Kentucky. Between them, Kentucky and Florida will welcome six of the top 35 prospects in Rivals’ Class of 2014 rankings. Odds are the best newcomer in the league will come from one of these two rosters. And yet none of the freshmen will be expected to take dominant, leading roles, which makes it difficult to identify which one will emerge as the best of the bunch. So we’ll go the most intriguing one: Kentucky’s Ulis, a 5-9, 150-pound pure point guard who can help push the pace while perhaps pushing Andrew Harrison to a higher level. Ulis can come off the bench and change the game defensively by jumping the opposing point guard, and he can facilitate at the other end selflessly. He may be a point guard the likes of which John Calipari hasn’t had during his tenure in Lexington. The great Kentucky “tweak” of 2013-14 revolved around Andrew Harrison becoming more of a distributor. The good news for Wildcats fans is that he shouldn’t soon forget those lessons, not with Ulis pressing in a backup role.

Of all the freshmen coming in, I’m most excited to see Ulis. During the McDonald’s All-American Game and the Jordan Brand Classic, he was fascinating to watch, and a downright pesky defender. He’s got the speed we’ve been missing the past few years, and he’s also short, which I can appreciate.

[Sports Illustrated]

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10 Comments for Sports Illustrated says Tyler Ulis will be the best freshman in the SEC

  1. Old King Coal
    7:23 pm May 16, 2014 Permalink

    Put him in with Dom Hawkins and our lineup will favor Pitino’s teams the last couple of years. Should be a great backcourt defensive lineup.

    • I Love It
      10:24 pm May 16, 2014 Permalink

      Right, one can only hope that this 5* AA will be as good as Pitino’s worldbeaters.

    7:43 pm May 16, 2014 Permalink

    That is because the SEC sucks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. yep I am trolling : )

  3. wildcat
    8:23 pm May 16, 2014 Permalink

    darn tooting

  4. bosshogg24
    8:30 pm May 16, 2014 Permalink

    Tyler Ulis will be a Rock Star in Lexington, the one I am looking forward to seeing the most!

  5. Chaz
    9:12 pm May 16, 2014 Permalink

    He’s the ferret you don’t fear until you meet face to face. He’s gonna be fun to watch.

  6. Morehead Cat
    9:31 pm May 16, 2014 Permalink

    Can’t wait to see this guy play. Gonna be special

  7. RollingCat
    10:00 pm May 16, 2014 Permalink

    I wouldn’t doubt that he’s starting at point by the end of the year and play the twins at the 2 and 3. Both are going to be 2 guards in the nba. I’m so glad we didn’t get Mudiay, Tyler is a blessing. Great true point guard who will be here 4 years because of height. Kinda like your boy from Syracuse who just left, I’m calling it. He will go down as top 3 point guards ever to play at UK. Faster, better shooter, better defender, better passer than Andrew Harrison.

  8. Big Mouth REX
    11:45 pm May 16, 2014 Permalink

    I doubt he will be a better scorer than Andrew.

  9. ukbradstith
    1:28 am May 17, 2014 Permalink

    Everyone needs to chill on this. He’ll be good, but give him some time. He’s going to have to put on 10-15 lbs. before he can do anything.