Phoenix Suns point guard Tyler Ulis earned Western Conference Rookie of the Month honors for the month of April.
Phoenix Suns point guard Tyler Ulis has earned Western Conference Rookie of the Month honors for April, per the team’s official Twitter account.
Check it out:
— Phoenix Suns (@Suns) April 14, 2017
In the final month of the regular season, the former Kentucky Wildcats star averaged 20.7 points, 6.8 assists and 3.8 rebounds per game.
Ulis’ former college coach, John Calipari, gave him a nice little shout out on Twitter this afternoon upon reading the news.
— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) April 14, 2017
Ulis was a second round pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, selected No. 34 overall by the Phoenix Suns. For a majority of the season he served in a backup role, but as it became more and more clear the Suns were out of playoff contention, the rookie began to get more minutes.
Ulis recorded scoring totals of 34, 20, 12, 20 and 27 in his last five contest of the regular season, and shot a clean 50 percent from the field and 39 percent from behind the arc.
The Suns, as a whole, were mostly pitiful this season, as they bumbled to a 24-58 record good enough for last place in the Western Conference, but Ulis was one of the bright spots on an otherwise unwatchable team, and he’ll be a player to keep an eye on next season.