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Calipari sees long NBA career for Tyler Ulis

Tyler Ulis (Vicky Graff Photo)

Tyler Ulis (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Alabama coach Avery Johnson said during his postgame press conference Tuesday that he thought Kentucky point guard Tyler Ulis was already better than some players in the NBA.

Later during his radio show, Kentucky coach John Calipari said Kentucky would have a “new point guard” next year implying that Ulis would definitely leave for the NBA.

Calipari didn’t say that during his postgame press conference, but he certainly let you know what he thought about Ulis, who had 19 points and 10 assists in what Ulis felt was not a good game for him.

“Tyler, he controls the game. We only had four turnovers today. I mean, you think about that. We’re playing fast, we’re being aggressive, we’re moving the ball. We had four turnovers. I think, again, he’s a guy that his middle game, like he can make that stuff,” Calipari said about Ulis’ NBA potential.

“Probably got to be a little more consistent with the three, which he will be. He’s disruptive defensively. They’re trying to post him with seven-footers and he’s hanging around. So it’s not like they’re going to do that.

“I think he’s going to be a really good pro. I think he’ll have a long career.”

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