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.