Most, if not all, of the major basketball recruiting websites feel Tyler Ulis' Friday announcement of where he'll be attending college is just a formality. They're citing unnamed sources or predicting with a high degree of certainty that the point guard is headed to Kentucky.
That seemed to be news to Tyler's father, James Ulis, who said that they had not informed the Wildcats or coaches at Iowa or Michigan State, the other finalists, of his son's decision as of Thursday evening.
"He's going to tell me tonight," James Ulis wrote in a text to me at 6:50 p.m. Thursday evening. "Everyone says they know (where Tyler is going), but we can't control that. I asked for an answer (from Tyler Thursday evening)."
Tyler is set to announce his decision at 7:20 p.m. Friday at his Chicago Heights Marian Catholic High School before it plays a football game. National signing day is in November.
I exchanged texts with James on Wednesday afternoon after it was announced that his son was approaching his decision. You can read that story HERE.
James said on Wednesday that Iowa Coach Fran McCaffery conducted an in-home visit with his family a day earlier. He said Thursday night that they had not had in-home visits with Kentucky or Michigan State this week and there were no plans for that to take place before Tyler's announcement.