NBPA Spotlight: Tyler Ulis

Seven schools remain alive for Tyler Ulis who is taking a close look at his recruitment.

The NBA Players Association Top 100 Camp is always a good place for point guards to shine, and Tyler Ulis is taking full advantage. The diminutive class of 2014 prospect showed off his basketball IQ and passing ability while standing out.

At about 5-foot-9 and slight of build, Ulis has been doubted his whole life on the basketball court, but now there is no denying how good he is, and Ulis has been out to prove a point all spring long.

"The spring has been great," said Ulis. "The EYBL is great competition and I have had a chip on my shoulder because some coaches and scouts didn't consider me good enough. I am just trying to prove people wrong and take out some of the top guards in the country."

Currently Ulis is down to seven schools, and he is continuing to monitor his list closely.

"I am down to Iowa, Michigan State, Florida State, USC, DePaul, Northwestern, and Purdue," said Ulis. "I am just going to sit down soon, dig deeper into the schools, and figure out my official visits."

Ulis' cousin is former Michigan State standout Travis Walton, and many thought that would give the Spartans the inside track in his recruitment, however Ulis himself says that isn't necessarily true.

"Travis and I are very close cousins," said Ulis. "I have been around him since I was young and he has worked me out my whole life. He is a great person to talk to about colleges because even though he went to Michigan State he isn't forcing me to go there. He is looking out for what is best for me and talking me through the process."

One school that has been on Ulis for a long time is Iowa. The Hawkeyes have made him a major focus, and Ulis says he has an excellent relationship with the coaching staff.

"My dad and I both have a great relationship with Iowa," said Ulis. "I talk to Coach (Fran) McCaffery a lot and Coach (Sherman) Dillard. I really trust them and my dad trusts them, we just have a great relationship."

Close by the Northwestern Wildcats are also making a strong push for Ulis. In fact new coach Chris Collins has made it very clear that Ulis is a priority recruit for the program.

"That is a great relationship because (Collins) was a great point guard when he played at Duke," said Ulis. "He is trying to turn that system around and play up tempo, and he would be a great guy to learn from."

Also the Purdue Boilermakers have done a lot of work to get on Ulis' final list, and they continue to be involved in his recruitment.

"Coach (Matt) Painter is a good guy," said Ulis. "We talk to him fairly often and when I visited I liked the campus and the players."

Currently Ulis plans to make a final decision after the completion of the summer.

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