For one season, at least, Tyler Ulis played the understudy.
The Kentucky point guard was important, of course — a monster game at Louisville; a timely shot at Texas A&M — but he spent most of his freshman season as a complementary cog to starter Andrew Harrison, the engine who made the Wildcats go.
Now the featured player has moved on, and it’s Ulis’ time to take center stage.
“I have to lead more, be more of a leader on and off the court,” Ulis said. “I’ll probably play more minutes than last year. I can’t be behind the (Harrison) twins. They took a lot off our shoulders this year, and I have to just be able to step up.”