John Calipari: Kentucky PG Tyler Ulis entering 2016 NBA draft
Seven players – Karl-Anthony Towns, Willie Cauley-Stein, Trey Lyles, Devin Booker, Andrew Harrison, Dakari Johnson and Aaron Harrison – left Kentucky with eligibility remaining to turn pro.
One Wildcat who stayed, Tyler Ulis, will soon join them.
Kentucky coach John Calipari, via Kyle Tucker of The Courier-Journal:
The new draft-withdrawal rules would allow Ulis to declare for the draft, participate in the combine and then return to Kentucky. But Calipari’s statement sure makes it sound as if Ulis is set on entering and remaining in the draft.
Ulis is a borderline first-round pick, though he’s more likely than not to get picked in the top round.
He’s tough and smart – an excellent distributor and pesky defender. But his size raises concern, especially with a lack of elite athleticism and shooting. How well can Ulis set up NBA teammates if opponents don’t respect his ability to score? How well his defense translate against bigger and stronger opponents?
Ulis, whose Kentucky teams opens the NCAA tournament with Stony Brook, will have another game or six to ease those concerns.