After enduring one of the worst seasons in program history, Kentucky’s John Calipari has made sure it won’t happen again while he’s in charge.
The biggest change Calipari made this offseason was a dramatic shakeup of the coaching staff, which saw Tony Barbee and Joel Justus exit stage left, paving way for the additions of Orlando Antigua and Chin Coleman to form what’s easily now one of, if not the top overall staff in America.
Apparently, Calipari is adding another new coach of sorts in the form of Tyler Ulis.
According to current 2022 commit Skyy Clark (via KSR’s Jack Pilgrim), Ulis will be spending this summer with the Cats. Calipari said earlier today that Ulis is spending time with the team as he rehabs an injury.
Another note on this: Skyy Clark told KSR today that Tyler Ulis will be on campus for the next two months working out with and around the team.— Jack Pilgrim (@JackPilgrimKSR) June 14, 2021
Quite significant. https://t.co/zesROdE1Uf
✔️ First day in the gym with the new squad (and a familiar face ) pic.twitter.com/IVAjL0dx7J— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) June 14, 2021
I promised @tulis3 I would be front row, feet on the wood when he starts playing again. It won’t be long! #LaFamilia— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) June 14, 2021
This could be very beneficial for a Kentucky backcourt that features four new faces in Kellan Grady, CJ Fredrick, TyTy Washington, and Sahvir Wheeler, the latter of which has already been compared to Ulis.
A former Kentucky All-American, Bob Cousy Award-winner, and the 2016 SEC Player of the Year, Ulis is easily one of the most accomplished players in program history. He would undoubtedly bring an extra layer of coaching that ensures the current Kentucky point guards don’t endure the same struggles of last season.
Of course, Ulis isn’t going to officially join Calipari’s staff, as the 25-year-old still hopes to keep playing professionally.
Still, having Ulis around as an unofficial coach to help with the current team for a few months is a wonderful development that will only help get this program back to its winning ways.
Now, for the real question: If Kentucky wins it all next season, does Summer Coach Ulis get a ring?
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