The fans at Iowa, Kentucky and Michigan State will find out Friday if they will be cheering for Tyler Ulis as he leads their team into the future. The point guard will announce his choice between the three finalists during a press conference at Chicago Heights Marian Catholic, where he attends.
Ulis (5-foot-8, 165 pounds) officially visited his Final 3 in the last two weeks. He's expected to announce his decision at about 7:20 p.m. central time before the Marian Catholic football game kicks off.
"He really hasn't made a decision yet," Tyler's father, James Ulis, wrote in a text message Wednesday afternoon. "I think all three schools are still in play."
Scout.com rates Ulis as the No. 6 point guard in a strong 2014 class at that position. He's the No. 29 overall prospect nationally among seniors.
Evan Daniels, the lead analyst for Scout.com, tweeted what he was hearing on the Ulis recruitment.
Am told by multiple sources that any school other than Kentucky for Tyler Ulis would be a shocker.— Evan Daniels (@EvanDanielsFOX) September 11, 2013
James wrote in a text that Iowa Coach Fran McCaffery visited the Ulis house on Tuesday as he continued a recruitment of Tyler that has gone on longer than those at MSU and Kentucky. The Hawkeyes were among the first high-major schools to offer the quick lead guard a scholarship. His other finalists jumped in with opportunities this summer.
James Ulis said he was trying to set up in-home visits with the Spartans and Wildcats before Friday's decision.
"We're not sure if we will have time," James wrote in a text. "Tyler has school and workouts. I have work."
Iowa played host to the Ulis family during the first weekend of this month. He saw Michigan State and Kentucky this past weekend.
Hawkeye Insider conducted an extensive and exclusive interview with James Ulis after the Iowa visit. You can read that HERE.
"Obviously, we know Fran better than the other coaches," James Ulis said in the interview. "I feel comfortable saying that. That's just being honest.
"But he has to look at the whole picture. There are other schools that worked hard to get Tyler before we met Fran (that have since been eliminated from consideration). It comes down to if the school is right for Tyler. I just think that the relationship is an important part of it. That does make people feel more comfortable."