Even with the college basketball season over, the awards and honors continue to roll in for Kentucky Wildcats point guard Tyler Ulis.
The latest comes in the form of the Bob Cousy Award, given annually to the nation's top point guard every year. It was announced during the 2016 College Basketball Awards, which aired on ESPN2.
"Well, last year we had so many veteran guys, so many pros on the team I didn’t have to do as much," Ulis told Jay Williams after winning the award. "This year we had a lot of freshmen coming in and I feel like my role was to lead this team and try to do as best as I can.
"(I started playing better) in the middle of the year. I started player better, started shooting the ball a lot better and our started clicking. When we started winning games it started to be a lot more fun."
This comes to no surprise as Ulis was unquestionably the best floor general in college hoops this past season, not to mention one of the two or best three players overall.
Ulis finished the season averaging 17.3 ppg and an SEC-best 7.0 apg. He also set single-season school record for most 20-point, five-assist games with 14. He ended the season with 246 assists, setting the new single-season school record previously held by John Wall.
What really put Ulis on the national map were his performances in the biggest games. He averaged a team-best 24.4 ppg and a team-high 7.6 apg in UK’s seven games vs.ranked foes this past season. He shot 54.2% with a 3.8 assist-to-turnover ratio in those games.
Among those in contention for this year's Bob Cousy award were Yogi Ferrell (Indiana) Monte Morris (Iowa State), Kay Felder (Oakland) and Kris Dunn (Providence).
Ulis is the first Wildcat in the 13-year history of the award to win the honor. Previous winners of the award include Delon Wright, Utah (2015), Shabazz Napier, Connecticut (2014), Trey Burke, Michigan (2013), Kendall Marshall, North Carolina (2012), Kemba Walker, Connecticut (2011), Greivis Vasquez, Maryland (2010), Ty Lawson, North Carolina (2009), DJ Augustin, Texas (2008), Acie Law, Texas A & M (2007), Dee Brown, Illinois (2006), Raymond Felton, North Carolina (2005) and Jameer Nelson, St. Joseph’s (2004).
Congratulations to the latest honor for Ulis, who now is on his way to the NBA. Even with just two college years under his belt, Ulis ends his career as one of the all-time greats in program history.