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Ulis named to Lute Olson Award Watch List

Mark Zerof |USA Today

Mark Zerof |USA Today

Mark Zerof |USA Today

Tyler Ulis is one of 30 players named to the preseason watch list for the Lute Olson Award, given to anyone who wins a national championship because the other team’s star player tore his ACL against Auburn earlier in the year.

Kidding. It’s an award given to the best player in college basketball who has played at least two seasons.

Here’s a look at the entire list of early candidates:

Ryan Arcidiacono 6-3 Sr. Villanova
Ron Baker 6-4 Sr. Wichita State
D.J. Balentine 6-2 Sr. Evansville
DeAndre’ Bembry 6-6 Jr. Saint Joseph’s
Malcolm Brogdon 6-5 Sr. Virginia
Kyle Collinsworth 6-6 Sr. BYU
Kris Dunn 6-4 Jr. Providence
Jack Gibbs 6-0 Jr. Davidson
Perry Elliis 6-8 Sr. Kansas
A.J. English 6-4 Sr, Iona
Kahlil Felder 5-9 Jr. Oakland
Yogi Ferrell 6-0 Sr. Indiana
Trey Freeman 6-2 Sr. Old Dominion
Nigel Hayes 6-8 Jr. Wisconsin
Buddy Hield 6-4 Sr. Oklahoma
Demetrius Jackson 6-1 Jr. Notre Dame
Damian Jones 7-0 Jr. Vanderbilt
Stefan Moody 5-11 Sr. Mississippi
Nic Moore 5-9 Sr. SMU
Monte Morris 6-3 Jr. Iowa State
Georges Niang 6-8 Jr. Iowa State
Marcus Paige 6-2 Sr. North Carolina
Gary Payton II 6-3 Sr. Oregon State
Xavier Rathan-Mayes 6-4 So. Florida State
Melo Trimble 6-3 So. Maryland
Tyler Ulis 5-9 So. Kentucky
Denzel Valentine 6-5 Sr. Michigan State
Fred VanVleet 6-0 Sr. Wichita State
Tyrone Wallace 6-5 Sr. California
Kyle Wiltjer 6-10 Sr. Gonzaga

So I guess this is like the Anti-One-and-Done award?

Article written by Drew Franklin

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

2 Comments for Ulis named to Lute Olson Award Watch List



  1. Poppschmidty
    12:47 pm November 10, 2015 Permalink

    “given to anyone who wins a national championship because the other team’s star player tore his ACL against Auburn earlier in the year.”

    I love this sentence!



  2. MiggityMike
    2:04 pm November 10, 2015 Permalink

    Seems like this is Perry Ellis’ 8th year at Kansas…….he’s gotta be 30 years old by now.