Rash assumptions constantly followed Ulis, eventually working their way from the blacktops to the hardwood once he started playing basketball in organized tournaments. The time that stands out to his father is when Ulis was facing a team from Iowa when he was 13 years old.
Within minutes, Ulis crushed the woman’s expectations and any others like it. He went from younger sibling of one of the players to star of the show, dominating the matchup and eventually earning some swearing from the woman.
He averaged 5.6 points and 3.6 assists per game in his backup role to Andrew Harrison, but a better representation of his contributions to the team showed in critical moments, such as the rivalry game against Louisville when he led the team in scoring with 14 points.
Ulis and his brother had a go-to play called “Pippen” when he was playing on the blacktops of Chicago. The play was just a simple high screen and roll, but it showed at a young age his determination to his craft.