3 - Tyler Ulis


  • Birthday: 1/5/96
  • NBA Position: Point Guard
  • Class: Sophomore
  • Ht: 5-10
  • Wt: 150
  • Hometown: Lima, OH
  • High School: Marian Catholic
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NBA Ccomparison: Tyus Edney/Travis Best

Strengths: A true floor general in every sense of the word ... What he lacks in size (listed at 5'9") he makes up for in sheer effort and heart ... Very quick with the ball in his hands ... Puts pressure on defenses by pushing the tempo ... Can be a one man fast break at times ... Pass-first player that looks to get others involved whenever possible ... Teammates will love playing with Ulis ... Competent shooter from the perimeter ... Smooth and compact release that is quick enough to allow him to shoot over bigger defenders ... Seems to always be under control and possesses a calm demeanor ... An extension of the coach on the court ... Very solid grasp of the game and basketball IQ ... Can impact the pace and tempo of the game and knows when to change either when necessary ... A leader of men ... Posseses all the right intangibles ... Uses change of pace moves and crossovers well ... Very good defender for his size ... Quick feet allow him to stay in front and hound ball handlers ... Can pressure opposing players for 94 feet ...

Weaknesses: Lack of height and strength limits his ceiling as a prospect ... Didn't shoot a great percentage from the field ... Has to work hard to get clean looks at the basket sue to lack of size ... Shot got better in his second year at Kentucky, but still a bit of a streaky shooter at this point ... Release isn't the quickest ... Needs the ball in his hands to be the most effective ... Not a high-level athlete ... It will be tough for him to finish at the rim without developing a better in between game ... Must show he has the strength to battle against bigger point guards ... Just about every player he faces will be able to shoot over the top of him ... Has to find and develop a niche as a player to stay in the league ... Was listed at 160 lbs in college, but weighed in at only 149 lbs at the NBA Draft Combine ... Doesn't possess elite quickness ... Will need to find ways to create separation and space against defenders ...

Notes: Measured 5'8.5 (in shoes) 142 lbs, with a 6'1 wingspan at the 2013 Nike Guard Skills Academy ... Measured a 38 inch vertical at the NBA draft combine but that was probably artificially enhanced by an incorrectly registered 7' 4.5" inch standing reach ... Won 2015-16 SEC Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year (first ever to win both in same season) ... 2015-16 Consensus First Team All-American ... First Bob Cousy Award winner in Kentucky history ... 2015 All-SEC First Team ... 2014-15 All-SEC Freshman Team ... 2014 McDonald's All-American ... Two-time Illinois All-State selection ...

Outlook: Ulis proved during his time as a Wildcat that he has the heart, will, work ethic, determination, passion, and leadership the coaches dream of. With the right roster and right staff he can immediately become a contributor on the next level just by playing harder than everyone else (a la Matthew Dellavedova). John Calipari called him "the best floor general [Kentucky] had since [he's] coached." That ranks him ahead of current NBA guards John Wall, Brandon Knight, Eric Bledsoe, and Andrew Harrison in terms of leading a team. His height will always keep him from reaching his highest potential, but his sheer worth ethic llow him to stick in the league.

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