Tyler Ulis Down To Final Four

Tyler Ulis- 2014

Tyler Ulis, a 5’9” point guard from Marian Catholic High School (Chicago Heights, Ill.) has trimmed his list of schools down to four.  The final four schools, in no particular order, are Kentucky, Michigan State, Iowa and USC. 

Ulis is ranked 38th in the 2014 class by ESPN and is widely considered one of the nation’s top point guards.  During his junior season at Marion Catholic he averaged 22 points and 5 assists per game. 

Iowa has been recruiting Ulis the longest, giving head coach Fran Mcaffery the advantage  of developing a great relationship with Ulis.  Mcaffery wants Ulis to come in and run the team for them right away. 

Ulis likes the Hawkeye’s style of play and would be a key player for them right away. 

Another Big Ten school, Michigan State, is appealing to Ulis because of the tradition and success the program holds.  His cousin, Travis Walton, was a three-year captain for the Spartans.  Walton may have an influence on Ulis’ decision since he can offer an inside perspective of the program.

USC’s main draw for Ulis is the fast paced tempo that head coach Andy Endfield brings from FGCU.  Ulis would fit in well with the transition style offense and intense pressure defense.  Enfield is an excellent shooting coach and could help Ulis develop a more consistent shot from behind the arc. 

Although Kentucky has not offered Ulis, he is extremely interested in becoming part of John Calipari’s program.  The point guard speaks highly of Calipari and the way he has developed point guards in the past.  Ulis believes that Calipari puts his point guards in a position to succeed and move on to the next level, something that Ulis hopes to do. 

Kentucky’s high standard of success and Calipari’s desire to win are what Ulis likes most about the Wildcats.  Calipari has showed interest in Ulis and has talked about a potential offer in the near future.  Ulis and Calipari will have a better opportunity to get to know each other during an official visit where Ulis hopes to receive an offer. 

Ulis may look small, but the future holds big things for him regardless of where he plays.