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Tyler Ulis makes his decision Friday.

He could be the next Kentucky point guard.

UK's initial top two targets at that position are either unofficially out of the picture (Emmanual Mudiay) or trending toward'unlikely to come to UK (Tyus Jones).

Which leaves No. 33-ranked Ulis as, potentially, the next UK point guard.

If he ends up being the starter, he would be the lowest-ranked starting point guard on a Calipari-coached team since 2007 (Willie Kemp, No. 57 overall. The overall ranking of the next seven? No. 1, No. 6, No. 1, No. 6, No. 5, No. 19, No. 5).

It would be a change, sure. To put in perspective Ulis' ranking and what we might be able to expect, here's a list of every point guard from the last four classes who were ranked within 10 spots, higher or lower, than Ulis is currently ranked.

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2009

Elijah Johnson, No. 24, Kansas

Maalik Wayns, No. 26, Villanova

Mfon Udofia, No. 32, Georgia Tech

Lorenzo Brown, No. 37, N.C. State

Peyton Siva, No. 39, Louisville

2010

Vander Blue, No. 24, Marquette

Keala King, No. 26, Arizona State

Kendall Marshall, No. 32, North Carolina

Keith Appling, No. 38, Michigan State

Ray McCallum, No. 43, Detroit

2011

No. 25, B.J. Young, Arkansas

No. 26, Myck Kabongo, Texas

No. 29, Michael Carter-Williams, Syracuse

No. 32, Ky Madden, Arkansas

No. 33, Jahii Carson, Arizona State

No. 38, Quinn Cook, Duke

No. 42, Ryan Boatright, Connecticut

2012

No. 31, Semaj Christon, Xavier

No. 34, Marcus Paige, North Carolina

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As you can see, there's quite a range in these players. This is certainly a crude measuring stick for a high school player, but I'd say it's fairly representative. Some were able to make a pretty good early impact. Other took a couple years at least to develop into a major contributor. Still others never amounted to anything substantial.

The twist in this, of course, is Calipari. He's adept at bringing along a player as a freshman, and Ulis figures to have plenty of talent around him. But we may find out, for the first time in a while, if Calipari needs his point guard to be elite or if something else will work -- as well as whether he can bring a player who isn't already considered elite and make him so, and how fast.

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