The 5-foot-9 floor general from Marian Catholic High School is coming off one of the best summer performances in the 2014 class. He averaged 19.2 points and 6.8 assists per game at the Nike EYBL Finals and Peach Jam in July with UK coach John Calipari and assistant coaches Orlando Antigua and Kenny Payne watching from courtside.
The Wildcats had focused their 2014 point guard recruiting on five-star Texas standout Emmanuel Mudiay and five-star Minnesota standout Tyus Jones for most of the last few months. Five-star Colorado point guard Josh Perkins, who is attending Huntington Prep in West Virginia this fall, was also receiving attention from UK earlier this summer.
"Tyler Ulis is small, but he is one of the best playmakers in the class," said FOX Sports Next/Scout national basketball analyst Brian Snow. "In fact, outside of Jones and Mudiay, you could make a strong argument that Ulis does more to help his team win than any other player at the position.
"Ulis can make shots, and is an excellent scorer in the mid-range. Despite being very small and not freakishly athletic, he gets by guys, and just knows how to finish. He is also an excellent passer and flat out gets people involved all over the court."
Ulis is currently rated No. 41 in his class. Some scouts may question him at the next level based on his size and concerns about matchups on the defensive side of the court. Not a major issue, Snow says.
"Defensively, he is a pest who will get steals and in general cause problems, though he can be taken advantage of some down low because he needs to get stronger.
"Overall, Ulis is one of the best in the class, and someone who will help a college basketball team win a lot of games."
In addition to UK, Ulis is considering Michigan State, Iowa and USC. Many considered the Spartans to be the unspoken leaders in his recruitment prior to the offer from the Wildcats.
Ulis plays with the Meanstreets AAU club, the same program that produced UK All-American Anthony Davis.
CLICK HERE for an in-depth Ulis evaluation from FOX Sports Next national basketball analyst Rob Harrington.