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Tyler Ulis frustrated with teammates as Breakfast Club grows


Following Kentucky’s win over Missouri last week, John Calipari credited Tyler Ulis and Isaiah Briscoe with bringing back the breakfast club of voluntarily morning workouts.

If you recall, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist started the club in 2011-12 by dragging his teammates from the lodge to the gym before the team’s practice each morning. That team went on to win the national championship.

This year’s club began with Ulis and Briscoe hitting the gym together on their own, but has since grown to more and more guys. Calipari said on his call-in show last night that almost the entire team was in early when he looked out at the gym Wednesday morning.

“Today they were doing that breakfast club — Tyler and Isaiah put it together — and today 12 guys were down there. They were there at 8 o’clock.”

Calipari said Ulis is trying so hard to drag his teammates along that it’s almost like he is stealing his job.

“Tyler is trying to do it. I feel bad for him,” said Cal. “It’s like he is doing my job. He’s so mad at some of the guys, and frustrated at what they’re doing.”

More Tyler Ulis, please.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

18 Comments for Tyler Ulis frustrated with teammates as Breakfast Club grows

  1. Willis talkin bout....
    3:41 pm February 4, 2016 Permalink

    Maybe they can play some Dodge ball… I think that worked a few years back. Our Bigs might actually be good at it, they avoid contact at every opportunity anyway! Get em Tyler! Thanks for all your efforts! Hopefully everyone over 6ft will grow a pair soon!

    • memphis wildcat
      4:10 pm February 4, 2016 Permalink

      They may avoid contact but the refs have no problem calling them for “inadvertent” contact

  2. 2thepoint
    3:56 pm February 4, 2016 Permalink

    Willis talkin bout, I agree with your comment! They know that drive is coming, but do nothing about the drive which most of the time results in a score, foul or both. This UK edition doesn’t have a good presence down low. Skal was supposed to be it, but isn’t. Neither Humphries or Wynyard (don’t know if that spelling is correct) are ready to help the team so we are stuck with what we have.

    • the ghost of Bill Hicks
      4:44 pm February 4, 2016 Permalink

      Then why are they here?

  3. Go Deep
    3:59 pm February 4, 2016 Permalink

    I really hope he stays for another year, he will be even more valuable with that crew coming in.

    • UK Big Board Update
      4:12 pm February 4, 2016 Permalink

      Ulis has shown what he can do already – hes not going to improve his numbers next year, for sure. And then there’s the risk of injury.

      If he’s gonna go, he’s gotta go now.

      Cal has even said he wouldn’t be here 3-4 years himself.

    • Sentient Third Eye
      4:13 pm February 4, 2016 Permalink

      Maybe Ulis is interested in coaching after his playing days is over? In that case, it might make sense to go ahead and finish the degree before trying an NBA run. He needs to leave this year or after his senior year. Those are both going to be weak drafts, with next year being the year to avoid the draft at all costs.

    • UK Big Board Update
      4:16 pm February 4, 2016 Permalink

      Let’s think about what is best for Ulis, instead of what’s best for us.

      We’ll still have Derek Willis next year….

    • CrazyCayts
      8:46 am February 5, 2016 Permalink

      Tired of people only worrying about “NBA Draft Stock”. It’s true Tyler cant improve much more if he returned another year, yet what does that matter? I am tired of college basketball not mattering anymore, with everyone in a rush to get to the league; If your family isn’t in a financial struggle and actually needs you to go pro, why not stay and enjoy being a kid AND enjoy being a STAR? Tyler is a great college player and CAN play in the NBA, given the right situation; in fact, I might even be better for Tyler to not get drafted, that way, he can shop around and actually choose a team that is a good fit and gives him a better chance to succeed.

  4. Bluebloodtoo
    4:04 pm February 4, 2016 Permalink

    I’m with Cal on this one; more of everyone else handling their business and being good teammates, less of responsibility on Tyler Ulis. C’mon guys, step it up.

  5. Chuck Norris
    4:05 pm February 4, 2016 Permalink

    I wish I could line up every fan who balked at the idea of Cal offering Ulis and saying he’d never play or be able to contribute because of his size, then proceed to give each one a swift kick in the a**.

  6. LaceUp
    4:53 pm February 4, 2016 Permalink

    I’d love to see Ulis in the NBA, but I also think he’d be excellent to supersede Cal when Cal retires.

  7. The Rest of the story
    6:12 pm February 4, 2016 Permalink

    Ulis is the heart and soul of this team. One of the most dynamic players Cal has had here. It is a shame that he cannot have 5 or 6 other players around him with his desire and fire. A down recruiting year has hurt Ulis and taken away his chance to lead a team to something special.

    • GoBigBlue
      9:57 pm February 4, 2016 Permalink

      He had the opportunity last year, oh wait, he wanted to showcase the twins have 3 straight shot clock violations and he has “the best floor general i’ve ever coached” on the bench.

  8. WildcatSteeler
    4:24 am February 5, 2016 Permalink

    Aye, it is sad that a 19yo is doing your job. He tells you what kinda player Skal is. Cal admits on game interview he “screwed that kid up.” Thankfully a 19yo was there to set him straight. Then after he gets set straight, and the kid has a breakout game, he goes back to no minutes. Two losses later he finally accepts it. “Cal said Skal will start receiving more looks because the other two aren’t giving him much”. It’s hard to do at that level but he should focus more on not surrounding himself with yes-men. Let’s face it he ain’t the best Xs and O coach. So get an assistant who is. While you’re yelling incredible wisdom like “move, move, move” and “guard, guard, guard” your strategist is actually examining the game and setting up winning plays. And you’ll get all the credit.

    • theWilkman
      10:48 am February 5, 2016 Permalink

      Here’s today’s winner of the “Cal Can’t Coach” award! Congrats! You win a free steak dinner with Pat Forde!

    • UK Big Board Update
      11:37 am February 5, 2016 Permalink

      You know who else can’t coach? Mike Tomlin