It's rare you see a guard under six feet selected in the NBA draft.
It's even more rare when he's 5-9, but if anyone can do it, Tyler Ulis can. The Kentucky Wildcats point guard has already defied many odds in earning a host of All-American honors in addition to the SEC Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year awards.
UK head coach John Calipari knows what it takes to play in the NBA having coached there while also having multiple first-round prospects on his team every year since he's been at Kentucky. He's pretty confident Ulis will be one of his latest draft picks when he enters the 2016 NBA Draft.
John Calipari on Tyler Ulis: "He's a pro. He'll get drafted this year." pic.twitter.com/bHHSCNqGWz— KSTV (@KSTV_Sports) March 10, 2016
Adding to the fact that Ulis is easily one of the 5-10 best players in college basketball, he's also about to enter an NBA draft class regarded as one of the worst in recent memory. There's just not many big-time pro prospects like there usually is, which explains all of the parity in college hoops.
That may help Ulis not only get drafted, but possibly even slip into the end of the first round.