Ulis picks Cats

Kentucky landed its second verbal commitment in the Class of 2014 when Chicago point guard Tyler Ulis announced his intention to play for John Calipari on Friday night.

It took awhile, but Karl Towns finally has some company on Kentucky's 2014 basketball commitment board.

Four-star Chicago point guard Tyler Ulis announced his verbal commitment to John Calipari's program on Friday night, becoming just the second player in the senior class to give a pledge to the Wildcats. Towns, a five-star New Jersey center/forward, was the first, coming almost nine months ago.

"Kentucky is the top basketball program in college basketball right now, and it will help me out working hard every day and playing against the top competition," Ulis said during his announcement. "And Coach Cal does a good job of developing players."

Ulis, who made a second summer visit to Lexington earlier this week to see the UK Alumni Game, picked the Cats over Michigan State and Iowa. The 5-foot-9 floor general is ranked the No. 29 prospect in the senior class coming off an impressive showing on the spring and summer AAU circuit with Anthony Davis's old Meanstreets team.

In picking UK, Ulis breaks the mold of most of the point guards who have played for John Calipari since his arrival at the school in 2009. All of the others -- John Wall, Brandon Knight, Marquis Teague, Ryan Harrow and Andrew Harrison -- have been 6-2 or taller.

Stay tuned to AllWildcats.com for more details and analysis on the newest member of Coach Cal's program.

Jeff Drummond has covered University of Kentucky sports for daily newspapers, magazines and online publications since 1988 and for FOX Sports since 2012. A Richmond, Ky., native, he currently resides in Lexington.

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