Ulis contemplates quartet

Chicago is loaded in the Class of 2014, and one of the metro area's best has taken steps toward his ultimate college decision.

A few weeks ago, Tyler Ulis said he might consider additional schools to accompany his stated list of seven. But here in mid-August, he's down to four and becoming increasingly serious.

"My finalists are Michigan State, Iowa, USC and Kentucky," Ulis said this past weekend at the CP3 Elite Guard Camp. "Kentucky hasn't offered yet, but everybody else has."

The trimmed down list reflects the presence of his presumed favorites as well as juggernaut UK, which no one ever wants to see on the short list as an opponent. Prior to the recent chop, Ulis also was considering DePaul, Purdue, Northwestern and Florida State.

Ulis proved this summer that he's among the most potent scorers and playmakers in the senior class. While the mainstream basketball universe most closely is following the Tyus Jones and Emmanuel Mudiay recruitments, tiny, explosive Ulis could spend all four years in college and actually imprint a greater collegiate legacy.

Contemporaries aside, Ulis hardly is flying under the radar. Prospects with serious interest from that group of finalists will enjoy (or dislike) heavy media attention.

For his part, Ulis just wanted to move the process forward:

"It was time to narrow it down because I wanted to be fair to all the schools recruiting me," Ulis said. "I don't have any visits set up yet, but I'm thinking Kentucky will offer when I visit."

Jones' and Mudiay's names appear for good reason. The Wildcats continue to pursue both, while the Spartans join UK (among others) in their pursuit of Jones.

So, how might those decisions ultimately impact Ulis?

"I try not to think about what other guys are doing," Ulis said. "I'm just going to go off gut feeling and the trust I have with the coaches. I want the best situation I can get and hopefully make the NBA."

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