Charles Matthews on Ulis, soul searching, defense, practice


Tyler  Ulis (Vicky Graff Photo)

Tyler Ulis (Vicky Graff Photo)

Freshman Charles Matthews is from Chicago just like Tyler Ulis and is a former AAU teammate of the Kentucky sophomore point guard who continues to defy logic at his size with his scoring and minutes played.

“He’s a great player. I’m pretty sure he does get tired at times, but he knows how to fight through it so that makes him even more special,” Matthews said Friday.

Here’s more of what he said about Ulis and other things.

On how Ulis has played this year …
“Oh, he’s been doing great. His game has been showing and he’s been carrying the team all season long.”

On what he’s seen from Ulis’ competitive nature over the years …
“I don’t even remember, honestly. Like, I can’t even say about that.”

On how competitive Ulis is …
“Yeah, he’s really competitive. That’s what makes him special as well. He’s a competitor.”

On soul searching after the UT loss …
“We’ve been moving on but we still just don’t want that to happen again. So we’re just trying to improve.”

On getting back to defense …
“Yeah. We have to play great defense. That’s the only way we’re going to win games.”

On whether he can contribute defensively …
“Yeah. I feel I can help on that end of the floor as well.”

On whether practice has been different …
“Yesterday was a more difficult practice, but it was nothing that we can’t handle, nothing that we’re not used to, increasing the intensity.”


  1. One thing this program does teach very well is how to provide innocuous answers to questions during an interview.

    That at least reflects a certain intellectual assent into the coaching messages. However, “So we’re just trying to improve” reminds me in this year of revival for Star Wars, Yoda once instructed Luke Skywalker, “Don’t Try. Do or Do Not” That lesson of life still must be applied.

  2. I’m amazed every time I see Ulis play. Not only does he refuse to allow his height to be an obstacle, he repeatedly uses it to his advantage. Inspiring.


  3. Ulis seems to have the Ability, to Score at Will ! You see it at Times when the Team is in a lull….

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