There is a small blurb in a Tuesday morning draft report from Steve Kyler that suggests teams are hesitant to take Tyler Ulis because of a hip injury. According to Kyler, it is a significant injury that may one day require surgery:
Kentucky guard Tyler Ulis is said to have a pretty significant hip issue, which some believe may require surgery down the line. A medical red flag combined with his size, Ulis could slide deep into the first round or even over into the second depending on how team medical staffs view his situation. [BasketballInsiders.com]
Once a fringe lottery projection by many experts, Ulis has dropped into the second round of some mock drafts, including the one over at DraftExpress.com, where Jonathan Givony has him going 34th to Phoenix.
ESPN’s Chad Ford still has Ulis as a potential first-rounder, but doesn’t believe there are many teams willing to take him in the lottery.
“I’m a huge Ulis fan, but the number of teams willing to draft him in the late lottery to mid-first round seems to be shrinking as upside triumphs production at this stage of the draft,” Ford wrote. “Ulis has also suffered from the workout process, as many pass-first point guards do. It’s not ideal for a player like him who thrives in real 5-on-5 action.”
Considering he was already facing the issue with his size, this new hip injury will only hurt his stock more. Hopefully it doesn’t cost him too much next week.