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DeCourcy: “Wiltjer has 12 months to become a body builder”

Between John Calipari and Kyle Wiltjer, many words were spoken yesterday about his potential departure for a different program. Of all the words, four stood out among the rest to the Sporting News’ Mike DeCourcy…

“Body’s got to change.”

The last 24 hours have been spent analyzing what Kentucky will miss and what Kentucky will not miss with the absence of Kyle Wiltjer on the roster for the 2013-2014 season. DeCourcy spends some time on that too, generally coming to the conclusion that for the following reasons, Kentucky will be fine (at least next year) without Wiltjer:

– Wiltjer was a liability on the defensive end

– Only a 48.4% shooter from 2-point range, indicating a lack of ability to finish around the rim with contact

– Most of the power forward minutes will be split between Julius Randle and Alex Poythress

– Kentucky won’t miss the leadership aspect because it’s hard to lead when you aren’t playing a more prominent role


DeCourcy did talk about how Kentucky would miss the deep shooting threat of having a guy like Wiltjer, who can be devastating when left open. He also mentioned the potential loss of an experienced senior on a 2014-2015 roster that will likely see a lot of departing players making an exit for the NBA after this season.

DeCourcy’s main point though was that what happens in the next 12 months is the most pivotal to Kyle Wiltjer. Kentucky will be fine. Will they miss him? Sure. But Kentucky will be fine. Wiltjer has work to do though, and the next 12 months will be crucial, especially in regards to him changing his body and working on his weaknesses. DeCourcy compared Wiltjer’s decision to take a year to work on himself to Gonzaga’s Kelly Olynyk. The decision can be valuable, and the strategy is often used in college football.

Can Wiltjer make the necessary changes over the course of the next month? Only time will tell…


[ DeCourcy: Kentucky’s Kyle Wiltjer has 12 months to become a body builder ]


Article written by Ally Tucker

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28 Comments for DeCourcy: “Wiltjer has 12 months to become a body builder”

  1. realme
    8:09 pm June 25, 2013 Permalink

    I hope he does. Not something he did during his first two years of college, but anyone can change if they choose to do the work..

  2. Use your head silly
    8:23 pm June 25, 2013 Permalink

    Redshirt Kyle! Work on your body and defense here at UK. It has all u could ever need. Come back next year and be the man!

  3. Ky Ky our Guy
    8:25 pm June 25, 2013 Permalink

    Don’t leave us! We love u Kyle!

  4. Voice of Reason
    8:29 pm June 25, 2013 Permalink

    I can’t believe he won’t consider just redshirting and working on his body with our facilities and support. We are the best program ever/currently for a reason. It won’t matter if he’s more prominent in an offense and the scouts know that. What a waste. I wish him well, it just doesn’t seem like a good decision.

  5. Austin
    8:31 pm June 25, 2013 Permalink

    HE is gone. I wish him nothing but the best. He sounds like he is not going to be happy being a role player. That is all he is here. A great role player. There is nothing wrong with that. The thing is, if you can be a role player at UK, you can be a role player in the NBA. He is basically playing with NBA talent here, and the role he plays here will be similar to what he does in the NBA. I do think he would be best served by a year off. He needs to get stronger so he can at least matchup somewhat competently with guys in the post. If he doesn’t, he will end up being a fantastic European league player. Nothing wrong with that. Hopefully we see a big change with him over the next three years, be it at Kentucky or Gonzaga. If he can get stronger, he can be like Matt Bonner or a poor man’s Robert Horry. Wish him luck!

  6. Ben
    8:35 pm June 25, 2013 Permalink

    If Kyle is serious about changing his body, there is no reason to leave KY. If he just wants a change and the hope of being the man, then he needs to take his dreams to another school! No one gives you anything, you have to go out and work hard for all you get. Cal told all his players that he cannot hide their weaknesses! Kyle has some glaring weaknesses that only he can change. He has wasted two years! It is now or never as far as basketball is concerned.

  7. Mack
    8:46 pm June 25, 2013 Permalink

    If he has to set out next year he should redshirt for the CATS and do all the work that he plans on doing here; should be a big plus for him.

  8. Dr. Phil
    8:50 pm June 25, 2013 Permalink

    I like Kyle, but he has not tried to make the most of his 2 years at UK. To be at a place like UK for 2 years with the training personal, equipment, and dietian help available to you, you would have to actually resist improvement to be in no better physical shape then he is in. Sometimes people do that so the expectations of them is not too great. If Kyle wanted the UK offense to run through him, he would have prepared himself.

  9. Billy Ray
    8:54 pm June 25, 2013 Permalink

    Cal better replace Kyle with another white player. Pretty soon we are going to be G-town of the 80’s.

  10. Billy Ray
    8:57 pm June 25, 2013 Permalink

    I will never set foot into a room with the lights on.

  11. espn poll
    9:06 pm June 25, 2013 Permalink

  12. Austin
    9:07 pm June 25, 2013 Permalink

    I think I recall Coach Cal saying that the heart monitor stuff they were using in practice indicated that Kyle was working hard. I think some people are not great athletes, and Kyle may fall in that group. HE might be burning off any muscle he is trying to build with all the running. I don’t know, I am not a Doctor like you Phil ha. I wish him the best

  13. Blue To The Bone..
    9:17 pm June 25, 2013 Permalink

    #4Voice…I’m with you…All the things KW is leaving for are already where he should want to be…Redshirt at KENTUCKY, play against the players in the country everyday, work on the body and come back ready in 2014 ready to kick some a$$…STOOPS TROOPS!!!

  14. NIT
    9:20 pm June 25, 2013 Permalink

    Wiltjer probably sucks defensively because his coach never taught him.

    The other UK players had the athletic ability to play passable defense, but the guys who need to be coached up weren’t developed.

    Didn’t this guy just say he “makes millionaires”? He killed Goodwin’s stock and just ran off another McD AA.

  15. UK Freshman
    9:28 pm June 25, 2013 Permalink

  16. NIT lemme go
    9:28 pm June 25, 2013 Permalink

    to a UL site, oh wait….I don’t care

  17. Ball Hair
    9:36 pm June 25, 2013 Permalink

    Wheelchair will be a solid player wants he finds a coach that doesn’t just roll it out there and hope to win because he has better talent.

  18. Andy
    10:10 pm June 25, 2013 Permalink

    I wish him well but he was slow on the defensive end. Like Cal said he cannot hide players in his system. When are you guys going to realize he was not built for the ddmo? The system he played in with his fellow canadians is obviously one he will flourish in. He would have sti been recruited over for the 2014 season.

  19. Boogie
    10:24 pm June 25, 2013 Permalink

    Kyle Wiltjer is not a quick guy…he never will be. It’s not about his speed or quickness. Its about his strength. At 6’10, you need to be strong to grab rebounds and bang bodies on the paint. He’s far far too weak to be doing any of that.

  20. Chicago Chris
    11:00 pm June 25, 2013 Permalink

    It’s a fine line between “fine” and national champion.

  21. sonny
    11:02 pm June 25, 2013 Permalink

    If Kyle wanted to play a bigger role all he had to do was work on his defense and speed in the off season , but choose to play video games instead as Coach Cal has stated about a few players from the NIT team. Nothing is given to you,you have to earn it and even then it may not happen in the real world.

  22. 2020
    11:26 pm June 25, 2013 Permalink

    Sure as hell worked for Scott Padgett.

  23. BigBlue
    11:29 pm June 25, 2013 Permalink

    I do look at the 2014-2015 and worry about us being depleted again though.

  24. BigBlue
    11:30 pm June 25, 2013 Permalink

    Wait I think he was one of those guys eating an ice cream night cap every night too!

  25. Tina Delgado is alive
    11:43 pm June 25, 2013 Permalink

    If body’s got to change, that means only one thing. Kyle needs to lock himself in the weightroom for the next year with Matt’s boy Sturdy Dan.

  26. Kevin C.
    11:57 pm June 25, 2013 Permalink

    Not only will we be “O.K.” without Kyle…we will be BETTER without him. That’s not a dig at him personally either. With Wiltjer gone, all that new talent coming in has more minutes to share among them (not that Kyle would be getting 15-20/game, but he likely was getting more than walk-ons (zero) this year). With more minutes, comes more reps, more time for Cal to experiment, and less chance of selfish grumbling (though I really don’t think that will be an issue with these kids).

  27. Tim
    6:33 am June 26, 2013 Permalink

    He would never see the floor this coming year is why. Between d.h., lee. Poy, stein, and randle how would he even get in the court? Yes he should redshirt

  28. Tim
    6:36 am June 26, 2013 Permalink

    And cal can’t develope players? You all are dumb. Look at liggins and harreslson. Would they have ever been drafted if not for the best coach in the country