Ulis Visits Iowa

Tyler Ulis saw the Iowa campus for the second time when he attended a Hawkeye game Sunday. The Class of 2014 talked about the Big Ten school and when he might make a decision in this recruiting update.

Marian Catholic (IL) lists Tyler Ulis at 5 feet, 10 inches tall. That's generous and likely posted to fend off stereotypes.

The Class of 2014 point guard has answered questions about his height, or lack of it, for years. It's driven him.

"I think I play with a chip on my shoulder," Ulis said. "People say that you can't play when you're smaller but if I come out every night and play hard and play good, it will prove to them that they're wrong."

Seeing is believing when it comes to Ulis. And the more the college coaches see, the more they believe he can produce at the high-major level.

"For the ones that have to come back, that's their biggest issue," Marian Catholic Coach Mike Taylor said of his point guard's short stature. "Every time they come to see him he shows that height isn't that big of a deal."

Taylor said that Iowa, Oregon State, DePaul and a few MAC schools have extended scholarship offers to Ulis. Kansas State, Minnesota, Tennessee and Michigan State have been to the school in the last few weeks, and North Carolina State and Marquette have said they'll be by soon, the coach said.

"I think he's a double-figure scorer, double-figure assist player in college where he'll have players that can go up and catch his passes," Taylor said. "He won't have a problem getting 10 assists a game in college."

Taylor said that Ulis is averaging around 23 points, six assists, four rebounds and 2.5 steals a game this season. He's shooting 56 percent on two-point shots, 40 percent on threes and 87 percent from the free throw line.

"He does everything well but the creative part and the unselfish part is really what's going to separate him in college," Taylor said. "He's just got tremendous vision and savvy on the floor that people will be pleased with on the next level."

While most of the bigger schools have come around Marian Catholic after hearing of Ulis' outstanding junior campaign, Iowa has been on him for awhile.

"Coach (Fran) McCaffery and Coach (Sherman) Dillard have done a great job just being up front and honest with him," Taylor said. "I think they have really done their homework in watching him play. He likes the way they play."

Taylor traveled with Ulis to a football game at Iowa during the fall. Tyler and his father visited the school Sunday when the Hawkeyes steam rolled rival Minnesota, 72-51, at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

"It was a great atmosphere," Ulis said. "The fans were going crazy. They won by a lot. That was good to see.

"I like them. I like the coaching staff. We have a good relationship. I like how they play. They play fast tempo. They push the ball. I just think they're a pretty good team."

Ulis said that McCaffery has made it known that he's a recruiting priority for the Hawkeyes.

"He just keeps stressing that they want me," Ulis said. "He's going to give me the ball if I come and do what I'm supposed to do. He's going to give me structure but not try to control what I do. He just wants me in his program."

Ulis prefers an up-tempo style of play. He also wants to win and is looking at who the schools have on their rosters, who they've signed and who else they're recruiting in his class and beyond.

"I like that I'm getting a little attention now from other D-I schools," Ulis said. "I just have to not think about it much and just play and let my dad and coach deal with it."

With the increased interest he's receiving, Ulis isn't in a hurry to end his recruitment. He plans to visit Minnesota and Michigan State next and let things ride until the end of the summer.

"First I want to finish up the AAU season (in July with Mean Streets) and see how many more offers I get," Ulis said. "After that, I'll narrow them down and pick what's best for me."

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