Patient Wiltjer working to improve

Patient Wiltjer working to improve

Freshman Kyle Wiltjer is playing only 13.6 minutes per game and averaging just 5.7 points and 2.7 rebounds per outing in that limited play. However, he's not the least bit discouraged.

Freshman Kyle Wiltjer is playing only 13.6 minutes per game and averaging just 5.7 points and 2.7 rebounds per outing in that limited play. However, he's not the least bit discouraged.

"I'm working hard trying to do the little things Coach (Calipari) wants me to do. I'm trying to get rebounds, run the offense, and do what Coach wants," Wiltjer said. "Everybody here has been the star of our high school teams, but whatever our roles are, we all want to play them so we can win.

"We have such a talented group. There are so many weapons. That shows how great we are that we have great players coming off the bench that do not even start."

Wiltjer enjoys Calipari, too.

"He's so lively. He lets you know what you need to work on and what you need to do better," Wiltjer said. "He's crazy. He's all in your face, but it's for your own good. He's doing it because he wants you to become better and he cares about you. It's difficult when you play a couple of positions like the four or the five because you have to know both of them. But you do your best because you know that helps the team."

Wiltjer has become a fan favorite because of his old-fashioned hook shot that even bewilders teammates.

"We joke with him about that a lot because you don't see it that much in basketball any more and he has it down pat," Teague said. "He uses it a lot and is pretty efficient with it. I?have only seen anybody block it once honestly, and other than that, nobody has really blocked it and he makes it most of the time. It's a good move. He gets so much space on you and his arms are so long that when he hooks it, you can't get to him."

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