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Marian Catholic's Tyler Ulis (3) is averaging 26.7 points, 4.4 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 2.7 steals per game this season. | Brett Roseman~Sun-Times Media
Marian Catholic junior Tyler Ulis may be short in stature, but his game is enormous.
The Ohio native moved to Illinois before his freshman year and has already made a huge impact throughout the state with his skill and focus.
He is listed at 5-foot-10, which is being generous. But small things come in big packages, and that perfectly describes Ulis’s game.
He has led Marian Catholic to a 6-1 record this season, averaging 26.7 points, 4.4 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 2.7 steals. Numbers don’t lie.
Ulis can quickly put points on the board, but prefers to be a pass-first point guard.
“I like to get my shooters involved first,” Ulis said. “And then when needed to score, I can be counted on to do that.”
In the game against Joliet West on Tuesday night, Ulis scored five points in the first half, while finding open teammates for plenty of buckets.
When the game got close in the second half, Ulis took control with some quick crossovers that left fans in awe. He used his speed to blow pass defenders, got to the basket at will and used his floater to score.
He led the Spartans to a victory and finished with a game-high 21 points.
As easy as he makes the game look, Ulis will tell you that he has to work hard for everything he earns. With other players constantly trying to frustrate him by pushing him around because of his size, he doesn’t get bothered.
“When you’re smaller, people think they can bully you and get away with things,” Ulis said. “You have to let them know early that it’s not going to happen.”
Plenty of college coaches are keeping a close eye on Ulis, including Kansas State coach Bruce Weber, who was at the game Tuesday.
Ulis’ height shouldn’t be an issue. His heart, skill and dedication will take him where he wants to go. With a young team and one of the best point guards in the state, Marian Catholic has a lot to look forward to the next two seasons.
Its success will rest on the shoulders of the super smooth Ulis.