By LARRY VAUGHT
Tyler Ulis’ dominating play has garnered national attention, and perhaps even overshadowed teammates.
That led to a couple of interesting questions at Wednesday’s media opportunity.
Coach John Calipari was asked about Jamal Murray taking a “backseat” to Ulis, who was named national player of the week for his play against Georgia and South Carolina last week.
“It’s not really a backseat. The kid is probably one of the leading scorers in the country. That’s a heck of a backseat. Can I jump in there with you?” Calipari said.
“He’s playing a lot like Eric Bledsoe played, when he played with John Wall. I can remember Eric hitting 32 against Wake Forest in the NCAA Tournament, just going crazy. I remember 27-28 down on the road at Florida. They play off each other. One game one does it, the other game the other does it,”
Sounds right both about Wall-Bledsoe and Ulis-Murray.
Calipari said Murray, a freshman, is getting better.
“He’s still playing in pick-and-rolls. He’s playing as a scoring guard, which is helping him. The whole thing is not the position; it’s your decision-making. And that’s what’s improving for him and making him a better player and us a better team,” Calipari said.
Isaiah Briscoe got his time, too. He was asked about his numbers not matching those that Ulis and Murray have been putting up, especially recently.
“I don’t look at it like that. I think that I contribute every way on the court,” Briscoe wisely said. “If I gotta score, if I gotta rebound, play defense, I just do everything. Like I said, Tyler and Jamal have been shooting lights out of the ball, and my assists have been going up so I ain’t mad at that.
“Yeah, I enjoy seeing my teammates shine. They deserve it. They work hard. So other than that, I’m just happy to be a part of what they’re doing.”