The RecruitmentUnlike some Tyler Ulis wasn't necessarily the most heralded player entering high school and his recruitment wasn't really a race for high-majors to offer. At only about 5-foot-7, Ulis had to prove his worth every step of the way, and early in his high school career not too many schools were beating his door down despite him being very productive both on the AAU circuit and during the high school year.
The two schools at the high-major level who showed him the most early interest were Oregon State and Iowa. In fact Oregon State even got an official visit out of Ulis during his junior season, however the Beavers would fade in his recruitment and Iowa became the leader heading into the spring following his junior season.
Other high-majors were getting involved, and then through April Ulis began to really explode on the circuit. After the spring Ulis was offered by Michigan State, and almost immediately most felt he would be a Spartan. Ulis is the cousin of former Spartan Travis Walton, and he made no bones about watching the school and wanting to follow in Walton's footsteps early on as a player.
However Michigan State waited a little too long, and that made it a battle. USC entered the fray, Iowa was in strong, and then Kentucky began showing interest. Ulis picked up an offer during an unofficial visit to Kentucky in August and almost immediately the Wildcats became the favorite.
Iowa and Michigan State along with Kentucky made up his final three, but most saw Kentucky as the clear team to beat.
The TalentWhile Ulis isn't the most intimidating player due to his lack of ideal size, he is someone who is an absolute nightmare to guard. Ulis is very quick with the ball, and has such a tight handle that he can change speeds and just overall make things happen.
Defensively Ulis is a pest. While he can be posted up, most guards don't know how to take advantage of that. He can get into passing lanes and at least gives solid effort.
Overall Ulis is one of those special talents. He overcomes his lack of height with a great combination of toughness, athleticism, quickness, and intelligence. Ulis knows exactly what to do every time he steps on the floor, and no matter if you are in transition or the half court he knows how to play.
The PredictionBrian Snow: This one is looking pretty cut and dried. After his unofficial visit in August to Kentcky it seemed that Ulis was ready to commit, and now after his official visit it seems like an absolute lock. Ulis is the priority right now at the position for John Calipari, and all signs point towards him wanting to be a Wildcat. Saying no to Iowa was tough and his dream school of Michigan State stood a chance, but at the end of the day Ulis feels UK is best for him, and that is indeed the school he will choose. Prediction: Kentucky
Evan Daniels: It seemed like Kentucky was gaining steam with Ulis in August. They offered, he visited and all eyes have been on Kentucky since. Sure he took visits to Iowa and Michigan State, but I think Ulis has been a Kentucky lean for some time. Both of those schools were involved with Ulis for a longer period of time, but I think John Calipari and Kentucky sealed up his commitment this past weekend. Prediction: Kentucky