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Aug 6, 2012 11:43 AM by Alan Cutler

Will Wiltjer Be A Difference Maker?

Sports Illustrated made a list of ten players next year that could be difference makers for their team. That list includes Kyle Wiltjer.

"Wiltjer was the forgotten man in Kentucky's 2011 recruiting class, likely because he, as "only" a consensus top 25 recruit, was the black sheep of John Calipari's freshmen," says Sports Illustrated.

"Wiltjer also doesn't exactly fit the mold of the typical Coach Cal recruit. He's a baby-faced power forward whose athleticism is rivaled by some of the writers covering the Wildcats and whose forte is his ability to shoot the ball. He's the epitome of a face-up four playing for a team that produces physical freaks like John Wall, Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. His value lies in the fact that he may end up being far and away the best shooter on that UK roster next season. Think about how much room there will be to penetrate if an opponent's four cannot leave Wiltjer and the center has to try to find a way to keep Nerlens Noel from receiving a lob."

With this being almost another new team for Cal, something True Blue Fans are getting used to, who knows what role Wiltjer will take. At this point, you can't even be sure he will end up being a starter.


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