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Marian Catholic (Matteson, Ill.) point guard Tyler Ulis says basketball is king

Smack Talk: Kentucky commit Tyler Ulis lays the smack down for basketball

Kentucky bound recruit Tyler Ulis has basketball as the best sport. / 247Sports

Marian Catholic (Matteson, Ill.) point guard Tyler Ulis has a very plausible reason why he thinks that basketball produces the best athletes.

“Think about it,” said Ulis, a Kentucky commit. “In most other sports you can get away without having one or two athletic attributes. Not in basketball. You have to have them all. I’m not saying basketball because I love it; it’s because it’s true.”

Still not a believer?

Here are more of Ulis’ reasons why he’s picking hoops.

Why is the ultimate athlete in your sport?

“In basketball you have to be able to pass, shoot, dribble, jump, run and think the game through. That uses every part of athleticism that you can think of.”

For people who disagree, what drill specific to your sport would you like to see them try?

“There’s a drill called 6-2-6 where you run six sprints the full length of the court then you run two suicides and then run six more sprints. It’s hard.”

What sport comes after basketball in producing the best athletes?


What's the best measure of a true athlete (strength, speed, quickness, agility, etc.)?

“I say it’s speed, quickness strength and your I.Q.”

Who is the best athlete in your sport, past or present?

“Definitely LeBron James.”

What is the best example of something you did personally that shows why your sport has the ultimate athlete?

“The most athletic plays I make are taking contact in the lane and maneuvering my body around to finish the play. That’s harder than it looks.”

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