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Who drives Kentucky in practice? Tyler Ulis and Devin Booker

(Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

(Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

(Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

It’s pretty clear that Devin Booker and Tyler Ulis are tight. The two are close friends and together, form one of the best backcourts in college basketball. John Calipari was asked about the bond between Tyler and Devin today, and said that the two drive UK’s never-ending quest to get better.

“The tie with Devin and Tyler is that they’ve always wanted to play together,” Cal said. “They play off of one another. But the biggest thing those two add to this team is their absolute competitive fire. Every day in practice, whatever drill, however we scrimmage, they want to win.”

Cal told reporters how the blue and white platoons have been going back and forth in practice during Camp Cal, and how Tyler felt the need to apologize to his teammates for turning the ball over after a bad play. “Tyler made a couple plays, turned it over, and he apologized. ‘My fault, guys.’ And he was really upset with himself, because he wanted to win that scrimmage,” Cal said. “That’s why when you see how hard these kids play, you see them compete in games, it’s because they compete that way in practice, and Devin and Tyler have really driven that part of our culture that we have here.

That’s the main reason I don’t see this group getting stagnant even if they go undefeated in conference play: there’s too much competition in practice.

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8 Comments for Who drives Kentucky in practice? Tyler Ulis and Devin Booker



  1. cracka
    1:23 pm January 5, 2015 Permalink

    i don’t see how you can become complacent when you’re fighting for 20ish min of playing time per game



  2. Jud
    1:51 pm January 5, 2015 Permalink

    who is on the blue team since Trey went to the white team?



    • satcheluk
      10:51 am January 6, 2015 Permalink

      Whomever is playing well at the time stays on with the new four.



  3. G_Money
    2:19 pm January 5, 2015 Permalink

    Devin Booker is my favorite player on this team. He’s a happy kid! He loves what he is doing and he loves the system of which he is a part. Man, too bad he won’t stay around for 4 years. He would go down as one of the most popular players ever if he stays around long enough for all of us to get to know him.



    • Sublem
      5:47 pm January 5, 2015 Permalink

      I agree, but I don’t think anyone is topping WCS in popularity for a good while.



    • Sublem
      5:48 pm January 5, 2015 Permalink

      Also, this group of freshmen are so good and easily liked, hard to pick a favorite, IMO. Especially between Ulis, Booker, and KAT, Lyles is great too, but he seems like that quiet player who’s a killer.



    • mashburnfan1
      7:40 pm January 5, 2015 Permalink

      Great post. Agree about all the Freshman, great young men. Maybe the friendship of Ulis and Booker will keep them both here a bit longer than expected. I always thought Ulis is a 3 to 4 year player so maybe Booker will stay with him at least 2, and hopefully longer, years. Don’t see KAT and Lyles staying though.



  4. Leuther
    6:57 pm January 5, 2015 Permalink

    Forty and oh, baby!