Boys Basketball: Marian Catholic’s Tyler Ulis makes Kentucky his college choice
By Mike O’Brien firstname.lastname@example.org September 13, 2013 9:32PM
Marian Catholic star basketball player Tyler Ulis announced at the Marian football game on 9/13/13 that he will play college ball in Texas next year. | John Booz/for the Sun-Times Media
Updated: October 16, 2013 6:46AM
One year ago, Tyler Ulis merely was a local treasure. South suburban basketball fans knew he was a special player, but many in Chicago weren’t convinced, and nationally Ulis was a total unknown.
So a night like this didn’t seem to be in the cards.
Then Ulis turned in a spectacular junior season, convincing the state that he was one of the nation’s elite guards. Over the spring and summer the rest of the country jumped on the bandwagon. Ulis’ coronation was complete when John Calipari and Kentucky offered the 5-foot-9 point guard a scholarship.
Ulis returned the favor Friday in a ceremony shortly before Marian Catholic’s football game in Chicago Heights as he announced his commitment to Kentucky live on High School Cube. He chose the Wildcats over Michigan State and Iowa.
“Everything changed when Kentucky offered,” said Ulis, the 2012-13 SouthtownStar Player of the Year. “That’s just where my heart was. If they hadn’t have come into the picture I might have ended up at Iowa.”
He becomes the shortest player to receive a scholarship in Kentucky basketball history.
“That’s the first I’ve heard that I’m the shortest one,” Ulis said. “I really don’t even worry about stuff like that anymore, honestly. I’m used to proving myself.”
Ulis is ranked 29th in the nation by Scout. The Spartans return their entire starting lineup from a team that lost in the supersectional last season, so they are expected to be among the top five teams in the state in 2013-14.