Stock rising for Ulis

Very few players in the country are more exciting to watch than class of 2014 point guard Tyler Ulis.

For Chicago (Ill.) Marian Catholic point guard Tyler Ulis his junior season has seen a major upgrade in his recruiting attention. The diminutive floor general continues to improve and the recruiting interest has really picked up.

At 5-foot-8 and 150 pounds, Ulis isn't the most physically imposing player in the country to say the least, but with the basketball in his hands he is a problem. Now Ulis says he is working to become a more well-rounded player who is even more difficult to guard.

"I have been working on my strength and quickness and getting off the floor better and being explosive," said Ulis. "Also I have been working on my shooting range so people are forced to come out and guard me beyond the three point line."

Recruiting wise Ulis already has a handful of offers, including some from the high-major ranks.

"I have offers from Iowa, Dayton, Oregon State, Illinois-Chicago, DePaul, Northern Illinois, and Colorado State," said Ulis.

He continued, "I have been to Iowa, Michigan State, Oregon State, and we are trying to get down to maybe Marquette and Purdue."

According to Ulis the trip to Iowa was a good one, and he likes what the Hawkeyes have to offer.

"It was a great atmosphere," said Ulis of Iowa. "The team played well and I like their fast tempo offense. Also I have a good relationship with the coaches and I like Coach (Fran) McCaffery a lot."

Neither Purdue nor Marquette have offered Ulis, but they continue to pick up their interest in him.

"Marquette, I have been talking to their coaches recently so I want to try and get up there and see what they have to offer," explained Ulis.

He continued, "With Purdue their coaches have just told me how they are looking for a point guard who knows how to play, and I could fit in real well. I would like to see their campus as well.

Overall Ulis isn't super close to making a decision, but he does have a good idea of what he is looking for in a school.

"I just want to go somewhere where I have a great relationship with the coaches," Ulis explained. "My parents aren't going to want to give me to somebody that they don't trust. Also I want to go to an up tempo style of play that uses a lot of pick and roll."


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