"He can score around the goal, he's got long arms. He's got that kind of body, no neck, long arms, small torso, that kind of body, like a swimmer's body, is what he has. So he plays even bigger than his size. But his skill level, you pick-and-pop him, you trail him on the break, let the other guys do their things, let him do his thing, he becomes like a point guard behind the defense. You don't play him, he can shoot. Don't make a pass, he can pick-and-roll." Wiltjer says his love for watching former NBA greats play and his father's coaching both helped him develop the versatility that Calipari likes so much.
"I think my dad gave me a really strong base fundamentally wise, and loving the game so much I watched film because I loved picking up on moves. I?know I am not going to be able to do everything that I see, but I try to work on every part of my game," he said.
Even now, he still goes to YouTube to find basketball videos that might help him develop a new move or add a twist to his game.
"A lot of guys go on YouTube to find the flashy dunks and stuff, but I?like watching the more skilled guys. Now you don't even have to go to the movie store. You just type it in on YouTube and it will be there. The Internet is crazy, and I like to use it," Wiltjer said. Sometimes he even looks up videos of himself. "It's fun to watch me and see what I?need to work on, and it is also good to see a little recognition come my way. Everybody likes that," he smiled and said.
He got plenty of recognition in postseason all-star games last April, where he was joined by current Kentucky teammates Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Anthony Davis and Marquis Teague in the nation's premier events.
"It really did help my confidence playing in those games. I?just wanted to play against the best and being in those games with so much talent, you have that," said Wiltjer, a consensus top-25 recruit who committed to Kentucky before he even visited campus. "We had the other UK?freshmen in those games, and that was fun to build chemistry with those guys. "We got to hang together off the court.?It really strengthened our relationship coming into Kentucky. We knew each other and knew each other's game a little more. You have the games, but you also have three or four practices before that. That's when you get to learn how guys are on and off the court.
"All the guys have such a great work ethic. In the summer it really helped us build team chemistry. We are such a tight group right now. It was really fun to hang out, work out, do summer school and get to know each other even better. But it all started with those all-star games."
Wiltjer knows there's no single skill that he will be best at on this team.?Instead, he understands his versatility will be his biggest contribution.
"My shot has been on, but I am trying to hone all parts of my game. Rebounding. I just want to do what is best for the team and whatever coach Cal wants me to do, that is what I will show," he said. "Everyone on this team has to prove what he can do. We are all working hard right now. We are all competitive, and it will be fun when practice starts.