You can hardly see the transparent trophy in Tyler Ulis’ hands, but that’s the Bluegrass Sports Commission’s Most Valuable Player Award. He became the first player to ever receive the award twice. Even though it’s a new award, first given to Josh Harrellson in 2010, it’s still an impressive feat.
Ulis has become the “Card Killer.” In his two meetings he’s 12/20 from the field, 6/11 from 3-point land, scoring 35 points and dishing out 9 assists along with one mighty block on the fast break.
It’s hard to believe the man is only 5’9″ because he plays like he’s 6’6″.
It’s also impressive when you consider what he was playing through. His elbow is still on the mend and he had to fight through cramps late in the game.
“I had to do what I had to do. I had to play my heart out because I wanted to win coming off the loss,” he said after the game. “We understood what we had to do and we came out a lot more energetic and tried to get the W.”
Ulis’ shooting was a game-changer, but Dominique Hawkins said he couldn’t have stepped up without his point guard. “He was making plays for us,” Hawkins said. “That’s the reason I got my open 3’s because Tyler was making unbelievable plays driving the ball for me.”
He did a little bit of everything tonight. Nobody deserves the honor more than Mr. Ulis.