Future UK point guard Tyler Ulis was one of the biggest movers in the final Rivals 150 rankings for the class of 2014, which were released Thursday.
Ulis moved up 12 spots and finishes the cycle as the No. 21 overall prospect in the class. He’s also the No. 3 point guard — behind Emmanuel Mudiay and Tyus Jones — and earned five-star status from the Rivals recruiting service.
The higher a player is ranked, the tougher it is for him to move up the list. That makes Karl-Anthony Towns’ six-spot jump all the more impressive. The UK signee went from No. 11 to No. 5 in the final rankings after a strong senior season and an eye-opening run on the all-star circuit.
Towns is considered the No. 2 center in the class, behind Duke signee Jahlil Okafor, who is ranked No. 1 overall.
Trey Lyles was the only UK signee to take a tumble in the final Rivals.com rankings. The Indianapolis power forward went from No. 8 overall to No. 13. He remains a five-star player and will compete for minutes in UK’s crowded frontcourt next season.
UK signee Devin Booker moved up one spot, from No. 30 to No. 29. The Mississippi wing is considered one of the best shooters in the class of 2014.
Shaqquan Aaron is the highest-ranked player in Louisville’s six-man class, coming in at No. 30, just behind Booker. Kentucky Mr. Basketball and U of L signee Quentin Snider is No. 33. Louisville signees Jaylen Johnson (No. 54) and Chinanu Onuaku (No. 74) also are ranked.
Snider and Butler signee Kelan Martin (No. 139) are the only Kentuckians on the list.