Freshman guard Tyler Ulis carries himself like he has something to prove.
He walks with intent, plays with purpose and speaks as to convince that he is a good basketball player.
Never mind that Ulis was rated as a Top 40 recruit and was the most impressive player in the Bahamas this summer; he still carries around a chip on his shoulder that stands at least 5 feet, 9 inches tall.
“I’ve been going against that all my life, that I was too small,” Ulis said. “That just means I have to play my game that much more effectively.”
The chip may come from where he was born and raised. The Chicago area has produced NBA All-star point guards such as Isiah Thomas, Derrick Rose, Tim Hardaway and Doc Rivers. To be a point guard from Chicago means to extend the history and legacy of those All-star caliber players.