4-Star Point Guard Talks SMU Interest

Is SMU still in the running for Chicago-area PG Tyler Ulis? More inside!

Over the last few months, SMU has been targeting many top-level point guard prospects from all over the country. The coaching staff is hoping to find a talented player to pair with Keith Frazier in the backcourt for 2014.

One of those point guards was four-star prospect Tyler Ulis out of Marian Catholic High School near Chicago. However, the 5-foot-8, 150-pounder narrowed his list down to seven schools earlier this week and SMU was not one of them.

"My list right now is Michigan State, Florida State, Northwestern, Purdue, DePaul, Iowa, and USC," he said. "I have had a lot of great visits so far and I hope to cut my list down again at the end of the summer."

Ulis was hoping to visit SMU when he was at the Nike EYBL session in Dallas earlier in the year, but he did not get a chance. Instead, the talented point guard says he had a few conversations with head coach Larry Brown on the phone.

"I talked to Coach Brown a couple times," Ulis said. "I never really learned much about the school, but I enjoyed our conversations a lot. He is a legend in this game, so that was very cool."

Jerrance Howard had been the main coach recruiting Ulis until the assistant coach left to join the staff at Kansas. SMU's recruiting in Illinois will take a step back with the loss of Howard, but Ulis says they still have a great staff in place.

"I really like what they are building over there," he said. "I just think I would be a better fit somewhere else. My dad has been helping me out a lot with this process and we are trying to find a system that I will be completely comfortable with."

Ulis, who averaged 22 points, five assists, four rebounds and three steals last year, is a pure point guard with terrific court vision and passing ability.

His teammates love playing with him because of his creativity and leadership, but he can also score from anywhere on the floor. Opposing point guards are easily bothered by Ulis' size and speed on defense, so he can be a match-up nightmare for just about anyone.

Michigan State is the early favorite to land Ulis, but he still has many visits left to make this summer. Meanwhile, the SMU coaching staff will continue to search for their point guard of the future and turn their focus to landing one in the state of Texas.

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