“I've always dreamed of this,” Ulis told Mike Helfgot, reporting for the Tribune. “My mom has been talking about this game since I was 2 years old. Especially at my size, I'm not a typical guard to make this game. I think I'm the smallest ever to make it.”
Indeed, at 5-foot-9-inches, the south suburban high school basketball star will be the shortest player on the court in the McDonald's Games on April 2 at the United Center.
Ulis was recruited to play at the University of Kentucky.
“A lot of people are trying to knock me for my size, saying I’m too little to play at the next level, so once they see me play, hopefully, they change their mind,”
Ulis will play guard on the West team with the following players.
- Grayson Allen, Providence (Jacksonville, Fla.), 6-4, G, Duke
- Joel Berry, Lakes Highland (Apopka, Fla.), 6-0, G, North Carolina
- Devin Booker, Moss Point (Mass.), 6-5, G, Kentucky
- Stanley Johnson, Mater Dei (Fullerton, Calif.), 6-6, F, Arizona
- Trey Lyles, Arsenal Tech (Indianapolis), 6-10, F, Kentucky
- Emmanuel Mudiay, Prime Prep Academy (Dallas), 6-5, G, SMU
- Jahlil Okafor, Young, 6-10, C, Duke
- Kelly Oubre, Findlay College Prep (Henderson, Nev.), 6-7, F, Kansas
- Reid Travis, De La Salle (Minneapolis), 6-8, F, Stanford
- Rashad Vaughn, Findlay College Prep (Henderson, Nev.), 6-6, G, Undecided
- Thomas Welsh, Loyola (Loa Angeles), 6-11, C, UCLA