Former Kentucky point guard Tyler Ulis is projected to be a late first round draft pick in the upcoming NBA Draft. An injury though could derail his dreams and cause his stock to tumble.
Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders reports Ulis may have suffered a hip injury that may require surgery.
“Kentucky guard Tyler Ulis is said to have a pretty significant hip issue, which some believe may require surgery down the line,” Kyler writes. “A medical red flag combined with his size, Ulis could slide deep into the first round or even over into the second depending on how team medical staffs view his situation.”
At this stage — roughly a week away from the Draft — prospects are finishing up their workouts and interviews and teams are making their final preparations. If Ulis is injured, he will almost certainly cancel whatever workouts he has remaining. That could be risky too though as the uncertainty over his health may cause teams to pass over him.
The NBA Draft site DraftExpress currently has Ulis going with the 34th pick in the Draft. Ulis was on the first-round bubble anyway.
The sophomore point guard averaged 17.3 points per game and 7.0 assists per game last year for Kentucky. His 5-foot-9 height though is a bit of a detraction for NBA scouts and his NBA chances.
Ulis will almost certainly be drafted, but an injury is also a detraction against him.