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.