It’s a great year for high school point guards and Tyler Ulis has pushed his way into consideration for the American Family Insurance ALL-USA team. Only 5-9 and 150 pounds, the Kentucky signee has led Marian Catholic (Chicago Heights, Ill.) to a 13-1 record and the No. 11 spot in the USA TODAY Super 25 rankings.
Until April, when the postseason ALL-USA boys basketball team will be announced, we’re taking a look at those who have either backed up the preseason hype or played their way into ALL-USA consideration.
This Week’s Player: Tyler Ulis, Marian Catholic (Chicago Heights, Ill.) senior point guard.
2013-14 Stats: Ulis is averaging 23.7 points and nearly seven assists a game.
Best Games: On Dec. 20, Ulis scored 33 points, with five rebounds, five assists and four steals in an 89-84 overtime defeat of Benet Academy (Lisle, Ill.). On Nov. 29, he had 35 points in a 79-73 defeat of Bloom Township (Chicago Heights) in the championship of the Chicago Heights Championship.
Others’ Take: “His court vision is so good. Sometimes, he’ll throw passes that teammates are not expecting and that causes them not to see them. He can make unbelievable passes to teammates that not a lot of point guards can make or even try to make.” – Cortez Hale, former coach of Perspectives Charter in Chicago.
His Take: “A lot of people are trying to knock me for my size, saying I’m too little to play at the next level, so once they see me play, hopefully, they change their mind,” Ulis told Steve Jones of the Louisville Courier-Journal.
Look Out For: Prime Prep (Dallas) point guard Emmanuel Mudiay and Apple Valley, Minn., point guard Tyus Jones. Mudiay, who has signed with Southern Methodist, is averaging 18.4 points, eight rebounds and five assists a game. Jones, who has signed with Duke, had 41 points, eight assists, six rebounds and three steals in a 102-74 defeat of Lakeville North (Lakeville, Minn.) on Tuesday. He is averaging 27.7 points and 6.5 assists.