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Andy Katz: “Wiltjer Situation Handled Correctly”


Better pay those library late fees while you still can, Kyle.

My Twitter feed has been absolutely blowing up today with news from all over the place (DOMA, Federer, NBA Draft, Aaron Hernandez executed a guy?!), so in the midst of all that hubbub, it’s easy to overlook something that we might come to appreciate in the coming monts.

The Kyle Wiltjer decision is being handled the right way.

At least, that’s what Andy Katz thinks.  And I tend to agree with what Andy Katz thinks.

In an era when coaches and players bicker with each other over transferring, the Wiltjer-John Calipari-UK potential separation went about as smoothly as any of these similar situations in the past few years.

Not only have both sides been open with their intentions throughout the whole ordeal, but Calipari made sure to point out that he won’t restrict where Kyle wants to play.  That might have something to do with Kyle’s desire to return to the northwest, but that’s still something of a rarity in today’s college basketball climate.

There have been some that point out that Wiltjer Tweeted after the season that transferring “never crossed his mind,” and to those I say, “Come on.”  That was a 20-year old on Twitter, not a political promise.  Kids change their minds, and he had an experience over the summer that made him change his.

The important thing is that there’s been open communication.  To the coaching staff, and to the fanbase, Kyle’s been nothing but honest.  A fact that Katz points out may be crucial to this working out as well as it has:

But anger and resentment can be avoided if there is an open dialogue between the player and the coach when the season ends.  A player should explore his options if he wants to look for a better fit, more playing time or somewhere closer to home, let alone if there’s a coaching change. But he should be mature and responsible enough to convey those thoughts as soon as he has them so the coach and school can prepare to go in another direction.

Thankfully, this decision isn’t going to make Cal go in another direction.  The direction for next year is already set, and while it’d be great to have Wiltjer along for his second championship, the gameplan for next year will probably stay just about the same.

So, in the middle of all the tumult that today has brought, there’s strangely some solace, some consistency, in this unexpected roster change.  We can at least appreciate that.


Article written by Corey Nichols

21 Comments for Andy Katz: “Wiltjer Situation Handled Correctly”

  1. tdogg40330
    6:03 pm June 26, 2013 Permalink

    Players first program, he backs up his word ….

  2. Heisenberg
    6:03 pm June 26, 2013 Permalink

    With the class we have now, I wouldn’t worry about Wiltjer too much

  3. Ares
    6:09 pm June 26, 2013 Permalink

    Cal is consistent players first. How many other coaches are that way?

  4. tdogg40330
    6:12 pm June 26, 2013 Permalink

    2) I wish him well, he is givin up the best seat to watch the best team
    in college basketball next year though … much respect

  5. John Ellis
    6:14 pm June 26, 2013 Permalink

    Though I think in most situations Cal is dead on, his refusal to use screens for Wiltjer cost the team dearly this year. Why you didn’t have the same plays that Jorts and Knight constantly used I will never understand; Wiltjer could have had the same impact as Shephard did in ’98. It makes sense for Kyle to transfer, but he will have to learn to play defense somewhere if he has any pro aspirations. He won’t get that at Gonzaga.

  6. Clint
    6:18 pm June 26, 2013 Permalink

    #5 Cal’s gameplan might of had something to do with the fact that Jorts had Knight as PG while Wiltjer had Harrow…

  7. hammer
    6:20 pm June 26, 2013 Permalink

    ATTN BBN…Don’t be shocked when this bombshell is made public. Kyle will announce in a few days of his intent to become a U of L Cardinal. His decision was based on Pitino’s success with both Padgetts..Scott and David..who have similar games to Kyle. It will be interesting to watch if it does in fact happen.

  8. brain
    6:31 pm June 26, 2013 Permalink

    5-Because we didn’t have Knight coming off the picks and Jorts wasn’t setting them.

  9. Bobbum man
    6:32 pm June 26, 2013 Permalink

    7- lol no chance, and David Padgett was nothing like wiljter

  10. Ukfan
    6:34 pm June 26, 2013 Permalink

    I know it’s early guys but I have to ask.. is no one even slightly worried about our 2014 class/team? Right now it looks like we may only get Cliff Alexander and Emmanual (PG).. with our starting 5 this year potentially leaving and Kyle transferring, we may be in for a year worse than last years.. Hope I’m wrong, not even going to panic just yet because its so early, but the concern is definitely there. Thoughts?

  11. TDog
    6:42 pm June 26, 2013 Permalink

    10. Same thing I’ve been thinking. From what I’ve heard the twins parents want them to stay the full 4 years and get an education. If that goes through we keep them, I think we keep Dakari Johnson and Marcus Lee too. It is worrying though. Although he is Cal and he has made late pushes for players (Nerlens) so I’m not hitting the panic button either.

  12. Bobbum man
    6:48 pm June 26, 2013 Permalink

    10/11- you forget about Towns too

  13. LadyJustice
    6:56 pm June 26, 2013 Permalink

    The OP’s assertion that Hernandez is guilty is offensive and irresponsible.

  14. Bballdoc
    7:02 pm June 26, 2013 Permalink

    Good Lord, the sky is falling! Cal is recruiting nearly every one of the top 10 players in the Karl Towns class. I don’t think the man will whiff on all of them!

  15. UK Freshmen
    7:12 pm June 26, 2013 Permalink

    Yea. Coach Cal is a freakin’ saint. ‘

  16. UK Freshmen
    7:17 pm June 26, 2013 Permalink

    And I am a smelly taint.

  17. UK Freshmen
    7:20 pm June 26, 2013 Permalink

    Hilarious. Good one.

  18. HooHawwww
    8:32 pm June 26, 2013 Permalink

    I wish Hood would transfer as well. He could start for a lot of programs, yet he’ll probably just get splinters next year. The program is geared to get kids ready for the NBA, not even play the best players. Hood should have put in a lot more time in last year than Harrow.

    I’d like to see what Jon Hood could develop into, given the chance. He’s a smart b-ball player with a lot of talent.

  19. HooHawwww
    8:34 pm June 26, 2013 Permalink

    I meant Goodwin rather than Harrow.

  20. Ha!
    8:43 pm June 26, 2013 Permalink

    Good to see you get owned #17. You can dish it out but you obviously can’t take it.

  21. Question mark
    8:52 pm June 26, 2013 Permalink

    Whats a “basketball climate”? Writing really isnt your thing Corey