Tyler Ulis is a Star

Tyler Ulis perfectly fits the mold of a college basketball star. His stark lack of height, his tremendous passion and effort that he exudes for the game, and his great charisma. However, to many outsiders, Ulis is seen as nothing more than a gritty rule player on a team filled with elite athletes and talented future NBA stars. This is not accurate; Ulis is more than a role player; he is a star. Standing at 5 foot 9 inches and weighing in at 160 pounds, Ulis faces significant physical obstacles competing in the SEC. Ulis founds a way to make up for his deficiency in size by playing the game of basketball with a great deal of excitement and intensity. To match with his rampant effort, Tyler Ulis plays the PG position with a stunning amount of cerebral court awareness. Averaging nearly 7 assists per game in his Sophomore campaign, Ulis has fully displayed his ability to be a floor general by placing his teammates in great positions to succeed. The little guy can also score at a great clip in his own right. He is averaging 16.4 ppg and can score in a great variety of ways. His fearless demeanor is displayed when he charges to the rim, and uses his smarts and athleticism to dodge bigger defenders and will the ball into the basket. He is also an improving jump shooter as shown by his improvement in FG% from 40 to 43% and his FT% from 81 to 87% from his Freshman to Sophomore seasons. While he may be overshadowed by the younger, and better NBA Draft prospects on his team in Jamaal Murray and Skal Labissiere (what happened to Skal?), Ulis certainly will have the greatest impact on the success of the Wildcats in March. Tyler Ulis is the heartbeat of Kentucky and provides John Calipari with a consistent effort that will be needed to balance out the ups and downs of this young Cats team.

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