Hawkeyes Jump in with Chicago Guard Ahron Ulis

July 17, 2019

Written by Rob Howe

Tyler Ulis broke the hearts of Hawkeye fans when he chose Kentucky ahead of Iowa earlier this decade. Undeterred, Iowa coach Fran McCaffery has reached out to the family again.

The Hawkeyes offered Class of 2020 guard Ahron Ulis on Wednesday afternoon. Tyler Ulis was part of the ’14 cycle. He’s played with the Phoenix Suns and Chicago Bulls of the NBA since leaving Kentucky.

Like his older brother, Ahron Ulis (6-2, 185) plays for Marian Catholic High in Chicago Heights (IL) and with MeanStreets on the Nike EYBL AAU circuit.

“Getting this offer meant a lot. I love how Iowa plays at a fast tempo,” Ahron Ulis told HN.

His father, James Ulis, got to know the Hawkeye coaches when they recruited his older son.

“It makes it nice. We’re very comfortable with the staff,” he said. “I love that Iowa offered Ahron because he’s happy.”

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The younger Ulis got to know Iowa while is brother was being recruited.

“I love coach McCaffery, and our relationship will grow. I will visit Iowa soon,” Ahron said.

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The Hawkeye head coach and his assistants painted a mental picture for Ahron on how he would be used.

“They told me that I could come in and run the point using ball screens, but at times, though their offense, I would play a little off-ball,” Ahron said.

Ulis also reports scholarship offers from DePaul, Illinois-Chicago, New Mexico, Northern Illinois, Siena, South Dakota, Southern Illinois, Toledo, Tulane and Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

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Rivals and 247 rank Ulis as a three-star prospect, and both recruiting services see him as the No. 41 point guard nationally in the ’20 class. The 247 network rates him as the No. 4 player in Illinois for the cycle and No. 204 player regardless of position.

Here are some Ulis highlights from the recently played Peach Jam AAU Tournament in Georgia.

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