3 - Tyler Ulis

5-10, 150 Point Guard
Kentucky Sophomore
01/05/96 (25.9 yrs)
Lima, OH
High School
Marian Catholic
Team Site Profile
Jump Shot
NBA Ready
Ball Handling

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.

Brandon Jefferson 5/18/16

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