Derek Anderson has no doubts about Tyler Ulis’ ability to succeed in the NBA

Derek Anderson (Wade Upchurch Photo)

Derek Anderson (Wade Upchurch Photo)


With the NBA Draft approaching, I wondered how former Wildcat and NBA player Derek Anderson might see Tyler Ulis fitting at the next level.

I always admire Anderson’s honesty and willingness to share that information.

“What he can on both ends to run a team is amazing. When John Wall was here, he had awesome talent. They kind of played off each other. Travis Ford led a team. Kyle Macy led his team. Anthony Epps led a team with nine NBA guys. There’s a gang of guys in there, but you would have to consider Tyler Ulis one of our top points guards to ever play,” Anderson said. “He can just do it all. When coach Calipari got thrown out of the game (at South Carolina), he literally had to run the team. Name another player who has done that. I have never seen a player do all he can.”

Anderson admitted he never thought Ulis could be SEC Defensive Player of the Year.

“Rajon Rondo set the steals record and was not the player of the year. It’s tough. But he did it,” Anderson said.

Anderson says Ulis has that “innate leadership” few players possess and showed it when he got in Skal Labissiere’s face during a game when he was not playing well.

“I would have loved playing with him. Alley-oops, open jump shots,” Anderson said.

What about Ulis in the NBA?

“This league is not about size any more. It’s about mismatches. You can have a guy like Tyler and not even post him up that much. I think he can definitely play in the NBA,” Anderson said.

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