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Tyler Ulis is #3 in NBC’s POY Power Rankings

Troy Taormina | USATSI

Troy Taormina | USATSI

Troy Taormina | USATSI

We’ve been saying for awhile that Tyler Ulis deserves to be considered for Naismith Player of the Year, but his campaign hasn’t received too much momentum from the national media.  That is, until today.

In Rob Dauster’s second edition of the NBC Sports Player of the Year Power Rankings, Ulis is third behind Michigan State’s Denzel Valentine and Oklahoma’s Buddy Hield.  Here’s what Dauster had to say about the Point God:

“I’m not sure whether or not Ulis is the best point guard in college basketball, meaning that if I was building a team, I still think that I would Kris Dunn over him. But Ulis is unequivocally having the best year of any point guard in college basketball, good enough that he needs to be at least mentioned along side Buddy Hield and Denzel Valentine for National Player of the Year, although he still has quite a bit of ground to make up just to catch Valentine, let alone Hield. In SEC play, Ulis is averaging 19.0 points and 7.9 assists with just 27 turnovers in 14 games. That doesn’t even factor in the 26 points and eight assists he had in the overtime loss at Kansas. In his last five games, Ulis is averaging 18.4 points, 10.2 assists and just 1.8 turnovers.”

Ulis already has the most 20 point, 10 assist games in the SEC over the last two decades, but he’ll need a few more if he really wants to push Valentine and Hield for the prestigious award that has only been won by one other Wildcat — Anthony Davis.

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Article written by Nick Roush

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5 Comments for Tyler Ulis is #3 in NBC’s POY Power Rankings

  1. KevinM
    2:39 pm February 23, 2016 Permalink

    So is the media finally looking at talent in college bball besides the freshmen?

    I’m for Tyler being the general that makes us go, and Valentine is the heart of Izzo’s team.
    Hield is very solid as well.

    Perhaps the votes get split up enough to allow Tyler to climb up the rankings. He’ll have to take us to a higher ranking to make it happen.

    And what, no Ben Simmons lovefest?

  2. blueboots
    3:08 pm February 23, 2016 Permalink

    LOL So happy to see some one other than me sick of the Ben Simmons and LSU saga.

  3. Sentient Third Eye
    3:25 pm February 23, 2016 Permalink

    To be fair, finishing third nationally to those two is about right judging the season thus far.

  4. secrick
    3:54 pm February 23, 2016 Permalink

    Coming in 3rd would be a big honor i think and beating out Simmons would be nice, but do they just say who won or do they give a top 5.

  5. [email protected]
    4:07 pm February 23, 2016 Permalink

    Ulis is gone after this season. I don’t believe there’s 28 players better than Ulis this year. I know who a team drafts depends on their needs but even having a player with his attitude even on the bench would be seen as a positive.