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Tyler Ulis’ father gives us the ultimate quote about UK recruiting under John Calipari


Yesterday, 2014 point guard Tyler Ulis narrowed his list to three: Kentucky, Iowa, and Michigan State. The 5’8″ point guard will be on campus this weekend with his friend Devin Booker for the Alumni Game, and last night, his father spoke to the Steve Jones about his recruitment. One quote from the elder Ulis pretty much sums up how recruiting has changed at Kentucky under John Calipari:

“We understand that at Kentucky they don’t offer everybody, and if they offer you, your game has spoken loudly.

Four years into the John Calipari era, I’d say that’s dead-on. What has Ulis’ game told Cal?

“(Calipari) loves that Tyler can score the ball, loves that he makes people around him better and … he felt that Tyler was very tough,” James Ulis said. “… Obviously, in a wide-open offense, it plays to Tyler’s strengths because it’s hard to stay in front of him.

He loves that Tyler is a strong point guard, a strong leader, because, he said, ‘As you know, I’m tough on my point guards.’ ”

For those of you complaining that Ulis is too short, his father said that Calipari doesn’t seem to mind one bit:

“His exact words were, ‘He doesn’t play to his size. He plays bigger than what he is,’ ” he said. “I think (Calipari) is spot on.”

More good stuff where that came from, so go check out Steve Jones’ piece in full.

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20 Comments for Tyler Ulis’ father gives us the ultimate quote about UK recruiting under John Calipari

  1. cracka
    11:31 am September 4, 2013 Permalink

    my question is how does ulis feel about us continuing to pursue tyus jones even if he commits … and how does he feel knowing we’re going to go after a top pg in every recruiting class even if he is here … also, knowing hawkins is going to be here his first 3 years at uk with a one year headstart in cal’s system

  2. NBA league pass
    11:40 am September 4, 2013 Permalink

    size is less of a factor in college. you can think of plenty of under 6 foot players that have been very good college players.

  3. theSkinny81
    11:40 am September 4, 2013 Permalink

    1 – my question is, why don’t you have a $35 million contract as a coach? You are reaching at issues for the kid, when he (and his father) are obviously interested.

    I think I’ll trust Cal on this. If Ulis wants to come, I’ll take him.

  4. Blueman group
    11:45 am September 4, 2013 Permalink

    Come on, kid. You know you wanna wear UK blue. Besides, haters are always gonna hate. You can dooooooo it!

  5. C_Cov
    11:45 am September 4, 2013 Permalink

    Why am I more excited about Ulis then Mudiay?!

  6. cracka
    11:49 am September 4, 2013 Permalink

    3 – if you don’t want to read fans’ comments, questions and discussions, then i’d suggest not going to a fan site and clicking on the “comments” link … i trust cal as well and i’m all for ulis committing

  7. bbr
    11:55 am September 4, 2013 Permalink

    I’ve watched Ulis and Jones both play and am more impressed with Ulis. He appears to play much tougher than Jones and seems just as fast

  8. tltaworl
    12:01 pm September 4, 2013 Permalink

    he will be recruited over here. I am all for him coming, but he has to know that. Cause unless he has a growth spurt he is not a one & done.

  9. DH
    12:11 pm September 4, 2013 Permalink

    tltaworl, In the full article that’s linked in the post, his father says he doesn’t think is son is one and done or even a two an done.

  10. greg
    12:44 pm September 4, 2013 Permalink

    5—Because Mudiay is going to SMU and we don’t care what he does there and Tyler Ulis is likely to be a cat soon

  11. BOSOX
    12:53 pm September 4, 2013 Permalink

    He is like Devan Downey that was at South Carolina

  12. Bandit
    12:55 pm September 4, 2013 Permalink

    From what I’ve seen of Ullis, he’s strong with the ball and gets in the lane at will. Devan Downey, who was 5’9″, 170lbs, comes to mind.

  13. jordan
    1:02 pm September 4, 2013 Permalink

    Please stop comparing this kid to devan downey, Ulis is much more of a true point. Downey was a great scorer, but hardly ever got players as involved as they should have been. This kid, at kentucky, will have the ability to get double digit assists every night. But, what i like most is that even though he is a high talent player, he will be in college for four yrs based solely on his height which as a fan im excited about. if he commits.

  14. coleman gaines
    1:35 pm September 4, 2013 Permalink

    several years ago UK had a relatively small point guard that went 5′ 10″ and 175 lbs.. Under his leadership we won 2 NCAA titles, paired with the Philips Oilers to win the Olympics,won 4 SEC tournaments, and won won 4 Sec regular season championships. For those that may have forgotten, his name was Ralph Beard. Give Ulis a chance. He may be another Ralph Beard.

  15. Hawkfather47
    1:52 pm September 4, 2013 Permalink

    fwiw, Ulis measured 5’8.5 (in shoes) 142 lbs, with a 6’1 wingspan at the 2013 Nike Guard Skills Academy.

  16. Hawkfather47
    1:54 pm September 4, 2013 Permalink

    in terms of importance on the bball court, wingspan > height

  17. Nick
    2:16 pm September 4, 2013 Permalink

    This kid will be great. So what he is a short point guard? His job is to handle the ball and distribute. Which by looking at his videos, he can do both. Also a great defender for his size. If you watch the video of him at peach jam against Tyus, he made Tyus uncomfortable with his man to man defense.
    Embrace Ulis to UK!

  18. Tim from Chicago
    2:29 pm September 4, 2013 Permalink

    I live in the Chicago area and I have seen Ulis play in person a few times. He’s the real deal and as tough as they come. He gets into the lane at will and can make great decisions when there. Also he’s a very good 3 point shooter and is very intelligent. I usually would not say a 5’9″ guard could be successful at the high major level but Ulis will be. Kentucky fans will love his talent, heart, and feistiness.

  19. Mr. Obvious
    3:24 pm September 4, 2013 Permalink

    He is 5’8

  20. caliparty
    6:20 pm September 4, 2013 Permalink

    8,13 are on the mark here. Stop comparing him to Devan Downey cause he is not that good of a scorer. He is not a one and done which means he will be recruited over in the future. BOTTOM LINE: do you people honestly see this 5’8 150lb PG with moderate athleticism (considering what he will be up against in the College game) leading a team to a National Title his FRESHMAN year? absolutely not.