Tag: Tyler Ulis

Fox Named to Bob Cousy Award Preseason Watch List

De'Aaron Fox (Vicky Graff Photo)

De’Aaron Fox (Vicky Graff Photo)

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – For the first time in the history of the award, a Kentucky basketball player (Tyler Ulis) won the Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year Award in 2015-16. The Wildcats, based on the preseason watch list for 2016-17, will look to make it two in a row with freshman point guard De’Aaron Fox.

Fox is one of 20 candidates on the preseason watch list for the Cousy Award, which is presented annually to the nation’s top point guard by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame announced its original list Monday.

Booker knows Ulis was “biggest steal” in draft

Vicky Graff Photo

Vicky Graff Photo


One reason Devin Booker came to Kentucky was his friendship with Tyler Ulis. So it’s obvious Booker is a bit biased when it comes to Ulis.

However, there’s a lot of logic to back up what Booker, who had a brilliant rookie season with Phoenix last year, said about Ulis — the 34th pick in this year’s draft by Phoenix.

“It’s the biggest steal in the draft and that’s not just my opinion. He’s proven it already in the Summer League,” said Booker said during a camp at UK.

Do not overlook potential that Trey Lyles still has

Tyler  Ulis, left, and Trey Lyles were part of a special recruiting class at UK. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

Tyler Ulis, left, and Trey Lyles were part of a special recruiting class at UK. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

By JESSICA JONES, Contributing Writer

John Calipari’s 2014 recruiting class was one of my personal favorites. Karl Towns went on to be the number one pick in the NBA draft and rookie of the year. He was so much fun to watch at Kentucky.
Devin Booker was the sharp shooting favorite of many ladies of the BBN. Remember girls licking his car on his autograph tour? He also brought the “reload” 3-point celebration to the Bluegrass. Booker was a lottery pick and finished third in the rookie of the year voting last season in the NBA.
Tyler Ulis. That’s all I really need to say. Tyler is considered by some Calipari’s best point guard thus far. He’s easily a fan favorite.
These three were so impactful to our memories and the game that we often forget about the fourth member of that class: Trey Lyles. He was so quietly good that even Calipari forgot about him. Remember midseason when Calipari joked that Trey was missing?
Trey had flashes of greatness while at UK and a silky smooth jumper. However, due to all the star power on that team, Trey was kind of an after thought.
I met Trey briefly in Chicago after the UCLA game in 2014. He was genuinely kind and goofy. He seems like a really great kid and will make BBN very proud.
I watched Trey in the summer league the other day against the Celtics where he posted 26 points and 11 rebounds. It was just the summer league and one shouldn’t get too excited but he looked great. He also played well against the Spurs summer league team where he hit three 3-pointers and finished with 13 points and 12 rebounds.
Trey averaged 6 points in his rookie season with the Jazz. I look for him to continue to improve on that this season. He has all the skills and now with his rookie year under his belt I think he will start to make more of an impact.
I think it’s possible we may even see the Jazz in the playoffs next spring. Kentucky fans should keep an eye on Trey in Utah. Trey will have a very long and successful NBA career. 

Fox knows playing with more talent takes pressure off him

De'Aaron Fox (McDonald's All-American Game Photo)

De’Aaron Fox (McDonald’s All-American Game Photo)


De’Aaron Fox scored 3,113 points during his high school basketball career for Cypress Lake High School in Texas and averaged 32.4 points per game as a senior.

Yet he admitted he was looking forward to his freshman season at Kentucky due to the talented teammates he’ll have.

“I really enjoy playing with more talent, just because it takes a lot of pressure off you,” he said. “I don’t have to do as much. I can actually play harder. Playing with the best players, it makes your game a lot easier.

Pre-draft worries come true, Ulis drops to 34th pick

Tyler Ulis. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Tyler Ulis. (Vicky Graff Photo)


Point guard Tyler Ulis was mentioned as a potential lottery pick a few weeks ago. Then rumors surfaced that the former Kentucky point guard had a hip injury that had never been mentioned during his two years at Kentucky.

Finally, Kentucky coach John Calipari said during several ESPN appearances Thursday that he worried Ulis’ weight — less than 150 pounds — was costing him in the NBA draft and could force him to fall out of the first round.

What will hip injury do to Tyler Ulis’ draft position?

Tyler Ulis. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Tyler Ulis. (Vicky Graff Photo)


A few weeks ago most mock drafts had Kentucky guard slated as a first-round draft pick and possible lottery pick. Now word of a serious hip injury has his status in limbo going into Thursday  night’s draft.

“Teams are all over the board on him just because of his size. At 5’10”, 150 pounds, there’s not a lot of precedent for guys that size excelling in the NBA. And people point to Isiah Thomas, but Isiah Thomas is a good 30 pounds heavier than Ulis is, and he’s more of a scoring, super athletic stocky guard and there is some precedent for guys like him, Nate Robinson, in that role succeeding in the NBA,” said ESPN draft analyst Chad Ford.

Guest post: Memphis could be landing spot for Tyler Ulis

MVP Tyler Ulis (Wade Upchurch photo)

SEC Tournament MVP Tyler Ulis (Wade Upchurch photo)

Vaught’s note: Jessica Jones doesn’t pretend to be a basketball expert, but she is a die-hard Kentucky fan who certainly knows her basketball. She’s a vaughtsviews.com contributor and done her homework to provide her insights on the upcoming NBA Draft. This is part two of a four-part series on UK players hoping to be drafted June 23.


Kentucky has four young men who have potential to be drafted in the 2016 NBA draft: Jamal Murray, Skal Labissiere, Tyler Ulis, and Alex Poythress. All four have been participating in pre-draft workouts. John Calipari thinks the three early entrants will all be lottery picks. Here’s a look at how they may fair in this month’s draft:

Guest post: Who are Calipari’s top five UK guys in NBA? Where will current Cats go in draft?

Anthony Davis (Vicky Graff Photo)

Anthony Davis (Vicky Graff Photo)

Vaught’s note:: Benjamin Schodowski is a Centre College graduate who spent some time with me during his college career from 2005-2009 in Danville. He’s a big-time UK fan and aspiring businessman who also loves to travel. Today he shares his thoughts on who are the best players John Calipari has playing in the NBA and the upcoming NBA draft in what I hope will be the start of regular posts by him.


Ulis, Murray, Poythress, Labissiere will be part of John Calipari UK Pro Camp Aug. 1-2

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Former Wildcats and current professionals Skal Labissiere, Jamal Murray, Alex Poythress and Tyler Ulis will be the featured pros at the 2016 John Calipari UK Pro Camp, which will be held Aug. 1-2 at the Memorial Coliseum/Joe Craft Center complex on the University of Kentucky campus. Various other UK pros could be added in the future.

This summer’s John Calipari UK Pro Camp will be split into two separate sessions, all of which will be held at the Memorial Coliseum/Joe Craft Center complex. The sessions will be split into morning and afternoon groups with varying pros from Kentucky’s 2016 NBA Draft class in attendance.

Derek Anderson has no doubts about Tyler Ulis’ ability to succeed in the NBA

Derek Anderson (Wade Upchurch Photo)

Derek Anderson (Wade Upchurch Photo)


With the NBA Draft approaching, I wondered how former Wildcat and NBA player Derek Anderson might see Tyler Ulis fitting at the next level.

I always admire Anderson’s honesty and willingness to share that information.