Ex-Kentucky basketball star Tyler Ulis injured but ‘actually good’ after scary car accident

Kentucky basketball guard Tyler Ulis. (Syndication: Nashville)
Kentucky basketball guard Tyler Ulis. (Syndication: Nashville) /

Former Kentucky basketball star Tyler Ulis broke his leg in a head-on car accident but thankfully escaped doing “actually good” despite it all.

The Kentucky basketball family can breathe a sigh of relief knowing former point guard Tyler Ulis is doing alright after being involved in a scary car accident.

Ulis was driving from Detroit to Toledo early on Saturday morning when a woman allegedly hit his car head-on at 70 miles per hour, according to Ulis’ father, James, in the Lexington Herald-Leader.

“It was a tough one, but thank God he is alive,” he said.

Kentucky basketball’s Tyler Ulis is recovering after a head-on car crash

Ulis suffered a broken ankle, a cut on his leg and a scratch on his face but his father said he’s doing well emotionally.

“He’s actually good considering what he went through,” he said. “It was unbelievable.

The world found out about Ulis’ injury when he posted pictures of his broken leg on social media.


When it was confirmed he had been injured in an accident, there was an outpouring of well-wishes, including from Wildcats head coach John Calipari.

Ulis was a five-star recruit in the class of 2014, picking Kentucky coming out of high school. He went on to live up to the hype as a consensus All-American, SEC Player of the Year and Bob Cousey Award winner in 2016.

The Suns selected him in the first round of the 2016 NBA Draft and he played for them for two seasons. He was waived in 2018 then had brief stints with the Warriors and Bulls. He has been in the G-League since 2019.

His hopes of returning for another G-League season this March may be dashed by this unfortunate turn of events, but there’s still a great sense of relief knowing that’s all he’ll miss out on considering what might have happened.

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