September 13, 2013
If Tyler Ulis picks Kentucky, he will be the smallest scholarship player John Calipari has ever coached in college.
Ulis is listed at 5-foot-8, 150 pounds, according to Rivals' measurements. That's two inches less than Calipari's shortest player on any of his college rosters, excluding walk-ons.
Calipari coached two players under six feet tall at Massachusetts and one at Memphis. Here's the list:
Andre Allen, 5-foot-10, 205 pounds
2006-2008: Played three years at Memphis as a reserve guard. Reached a high of 20.4 minutes per game and 5.3 points per game his junior year.
Chris Bailey, 5-foot-11, 165 pounds
1987-1990: Calipari arrived after Bailey's sophomore season in which he had averaged 5.8 points in 23.7 minutes per game. In two years under Calipari, Bailey averaged less than a point per game in 5.1 minutes per game.
Ishmael Butler, 5-foot-11, 165 pounds
1989: Butler's one and only year at Massachusetts was Calipari's first. He averaged 3.8 points in 17.3 minutes per game.
If Ulis does end up starting for Kentucky, he will be the lowest-ranked starting point guard Calipari's coached in seven years.
He will also be just the fifth sub-6-foot letterman to play for the Wildcats since the NCAA Tournament expanded to 64 teams in the mid-1980s.
Here's that list, via Jon Scott's historical site.
Leroy Byrd, 5-foot-5, 145 pounds
1984-1986: The Lexington native went to UNLV for a year before transferring to UK. Played in 38 games, averaging a high of 5.7 minutes per game.
Tony Cooper, 5-foot-9, 150 pounds
1990: Played a total of 21 minutes in 12 games.
Travis Ford, 5-foot-9, 165 pounds
1991-94: The most successful Wildcat on this list, Ford played three years at UK after transferring from Missouri. Was a two-time All-SEC player.
Brandon Stockton, 5-foot-9, 167 pounds
2003-06: Played four years at Kentucky, with a high of 9.9 minutes per game his senior year.