Wiltjer could be trouble for opponents

"I am a good shooter. It has taken a lot of hard work. My dad was not the best shooter. He was more of an old school post player."

Kyle Wiltjer isn't the highest ranked player in what will be John Calipari's third straight No.1 recruiting class at Kentucky. Yet recruiting analysts agree that the 6-9 Portland, Ore., could be a nightmare matchup for opponents because of his shooting ability.

It's an assessment that Wiltjer not only accepts, but one that he relishes.

"I like to think I can look at the defense and see who is guarding me and take advantage of the matchup," Wiltjer said. "If it is a smaller player, I can post him up. If it is a bigger player, I can take him on the perimeter. I don't like to stay in one position. The more versatile you are, the better you are.

"I am a good shooter. It has taken a lot of hard work. My dad was not the best shooter. He was more of an old school post player. He taught me the post game and sent me to camp to learn to shoot."

His father, Greg, is a former NBA draft pick and veteran of overseas play.

"Basketball is our life in our family. If we are not talking about basketball, then I am playing. We are always talking either NBA or college basketball. We are always watching games on TV," Kyle Wiltjer said. "I am my toughest critic. If I have a game, I always am looking at the negatives. My dad is honest and wants me to get better as well."

Wiltjer and his family enjoyed their mid-October visit to UK for Big Blue Madness, the first time they had been to Kentucky even though he verbally committed before that.

"It was a great weekend for me getting to know the other guys who had committed. That pretty much locked in my commitment," Wiltjer said. "I had a great time. I had heard about the UK fans, but they are so crazy. I got to see the campus, but the fans were what stood out. We felt confident about the basketball decision before the visit, but I didn't know what to expect overall to be honest. It was just my weekend to see the campus, meet the other recruits and see the fans were maybe even more crazy than I heard."

Wiltjer admits he was a bit overwhelmed to see how many fans knew who he was.

"All the people knew my name. They were talking on Twitter and congratulating me for being there and stuff like that," he laughed and said. "I am really looking forward to playing there. I am focused on my season, but I think we could do some incredible things in the future."

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