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.