John Calipari's recruiting classes at Kentucky have always revolved around the point guard position and while it took a little longer than expected, he finally got his man when Chicago Heights (Ill.) Marian Catholic 4-star Tyler Ulis publicly committed to the Wildcats during a ceremony at his school Friday night.
Ulis committed to Kentucky during an announcement at his school Friday night.
Ulis, who enjoyed two visits to Lexington in a span of weeks, most recently an official visit for UK's Alumni Charity Game this week, chose the Cats over Big Ten schools Michigan State and Iowa.
Ranked as the No. 38 overall prospect in the 2014 class by the 247Composite, which takes into account rankings across various outlets, Ulis' stock soared after a strong spring and summer on the AAU travel and showcase circuit.
Calipari got his first good look at Ulis at Peach Jam last summer, where Ulis went head-to-head against top point guard prospect Tyus Jones and went for 22 points and 17 assists while harassing Jones into six turnovers.
Sensing it was going to miss on Emmanuel Mudiay, Kentucky offered last month and immediately worked itself into the mix for Ulis, who at one time was considered a heavy Michigan State lean.
At just 5-foot-8, 142 pounds, the pint-sized Ulis doesn't resemble Calipari's typical 6-4 scoring point guard, but as he showed against Jones last summer, he has the chops to play college basketball at its highest level.
Ulis joins 5-star big man Karl Towns Jr. in Kentucky's 2014 class.
Above everything Ulis is a very heady player committed to winning games. He knows how to run a team and brings stability to the point of attack even though he is on the small side. He also has a dynamic game offensively, especially off the high ball screen. He is a threat to shoot it from deep, is excellent at splitting defenders and has a nice midrange pull up game. With his scoring ability, he is also a willing passer who sees the court while on the move. And although small, he is a good pressure defender on the perimeter and up the court. – Jerry Meyer