Nebraska has landed a point guard transfer as former Hawkeye Ahron Ulis announced his commitment to Nebraska on Instagram Monday.
The 6-foot-3, 190-pound guard from Chicago spent three seasons in Iowa City before entering the portal in late March. He has two seasons of eligibility remaining.
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Nebraska announced Ulis’ addition on Wednesday.
“Ahron is a player we’ve gotten to know well having faced him five times over the last three seasons,” Coach Fred Hoiberg said in a release. “He brings a lot of valuable Big Ten experience to our program. Ahron possesses a very competitive defensive mindset, while offensively he is a talented ball handler and playmaker who is good in transition. In 2022 when Iowa won the Big Ten Tournament, he shared his team’s Top Playmaker Award. Ahron has been to three NCAA Tournaments and comes from a great Marian Catholic high school program in Chicago. We’re excited about the winning mentality he will bring to our team.”
Ulis started 27 of Iowa’s 32 games this past season, averaging 6.1 points and 2.1 assists in 22.6 minutes per game while shooting 39.6% from the filed including 31.9% from 3 and 70.7 from the free-throw line.
Ulis played sparingly as a true freshman, logging 119 minutes in 17 games, scoring 28 points and dishing out 20 assist with just six turnovers. He shot 5-of-15 from the field and 18-of-20 from the foul line. He stepped into a rotation role in 2021-22, playing 13.9 minutes per game off the bench in 35 games, averaging 3.1 points and 2.1 assists while shooting 34% from the field (33.3% from 3).
Ulis has logged seven double-digit scoring games in his career, five of which came in 2022-23. He scored a career-high 17 points at Michigan State on 8-of-10 shooting (1-of-1 from deep), then followed it up with a 16-point performance against Rutgers, shooting 5-of-9 from the field (2-of-4 from 3) and 4-of-5 from the line.
Nebraska had hosted a number of transfer guards — former Arizona Wildcat Kerr Kriisa (West Virginia), former Cal State Fullerton Titan and Omaha Central Eagle Latrell Wrightsell Jr. (Alabama), former Siena Saint Javian McCollum (Oklahoma) and former Gonzaga Bulldog and Millard North Mustang Hunter Sallis (Wake Forest) — before sealing the deal with Ulis as he visited Lincoln on Sunday.
Nebraska has two open scholarships remaining for 2023-24 following Ulis’ commitment, pending Keisa Tominaga’s NBA Draft decision. He’s the third transfer pledge for the Huskers, joining former Charlotte wing Brice Williams and former Bradley big man Rink Mast.
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