Ulis talks UK offer, visits

Things are picking up for four-star Tyler Ulis, and now he has two official visits planned.

Four-star point guard Tyler Ulis had as impressive a showing in July as any floor general in the country. Ulis was excellent every time out on the floor. Now the 5-foot-7 lead guard has picked up offers from all of his favorites, the most recent coming from Kentucky.

Overall Ulis was happy with his play, and felt he proved what he is capable of during July.

"The summer was great," said Ulis. "I feel like I got everything accomplished that I wanted. I played well against all of the top guards. I feel like we could have won Peach Jam if it weren't for some injuries, but I was happy with how we did there."

Recruiting wise Ulis is down to four. Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan State, and USC are in the mix for Ulis.

Recently Ulis took an unofficial visit to Kentucky and picked up an offer while in Lexington. According to Ulis it was big to get that offer.

"It was a good visit," he said of the trip. "None of the players were there yet, but I had a chance to talk with Coach (John) Calipari for a little while and Coach (Kenny) Payne. We toured the campus, saw the arena, the locker room, and it was nice. I like the campus and I like Kentucky. It was great to pick up that offer."

Ulis plans to take his official visit to Kentucky on September 8. There have been some questions about Kentucky recruiting other point guards such as five-star Emmanuel Mudiay, but Ulis says that isn't a major issue.

"I don't really try to worry about other players schools are recruiting," said Ulis. "I just worry about what is best for me. I have played with Emmanuel at some camps before, and we were on the same team and we played well together. So if he went there it wouldn't bother me because I like him and I think we could play together."

Right before visiting Kentucky, Ulis will head to Michigan State for his official visit. Ulis is very familiar with the Spartan program since he is very close his cousin and former Michigan State guard Travis Walton.

"I really like Michigan State," explained Ulis. "I have been around their program for a while since Travis played there. I have been around Coach (Tom) Izzo since I was young. Coach Izzo wins games, and it is a guarantee you will win games if you go to Michigan State. I like the coaching staff and I think that would be a good place to play."

Maybe the school that has been after Ulis the longest is Iowa. The Hawkeyes have been with Ulis from the beginning, and he has a lot of respect for the program.

"I love Coach (Fran) McCaffery," said Ulis. "Since day one he has told me that he feels I am the best. I think he is a real good coach. They didn't make the tournament last year, but they were close, and I think they have some pieces there I could work with to make the tournament."

Along with those schools, Andy Enfield and USC remain in the mix. Ulis has been impressed with the play of Enfield's teams in the past.

"The new coaching staff, I think they would just give me the ball from day one," said Ulis. "They have a wide open offense and they just produce good point guards. I think they would let me play my game and I could be successful there."

For now Ulis isn't sticking to a firm timeframe for a commitment. He says he is just going to play it by ear.

"I'm just going to take my visits and go from there," said Ulis. "If I come across where I want to go on a visit I will commit on the spot. I am not working with a specific timeline or anything."

Currently Ulis is seen as the No. 10 point guard and the No. 41 player overall in the class, but look for him to go up when the new rankings are released.

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