Kentucky sophomore PG Tyler Ulis announces he's going to NBA

Kentucky Wildcats sophomore guard Tyler Ulis has announced he's entering the NBA draft and plans to sign with an agent.

Ulis joins freshmen Skal Labissiere and Jamal Murray in electing to leave Lexington early this year.

Kentucky coach John Calipari sang Ulis' praises in a statement released Tuesday.

"I've coached a lot of great leaders and great point guards in all my years of coaching. Tyler Ulis is the best floor general that I've ever coached," Calipari said in a statement. "What I loved is he grew into that position. You couldn't speed him up and you couldn't slow him down unless he wanted to do one of those things. He coached the team this season as much as I did, and I'm proud to say that."

Despite being 5-foot-9, Ulis was dominant on both ends of the floor this season and was one of just four players nationally to tally at least 17.3 points and 7.0 assists per game.

Though the Wildcats (27-9) lost in the second round of the NCAA tournament, Ulis collected a slew of individual accolades as he was named a first-team All-American, the SEC Player of the Year, SEC Defensive Player of the Year and SEC tournament MVP.