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Eisenberg Calls Wiltjer Transfer A Smart Decision

Following Kyle’s announcement that he would be taking his talents to Spokane the pundits have begun to weigh in on his decision. First up is Yahoo! Sports’ Jeff Eisenburg who calls Wiltjer’s move a smart decision. Here’s an excerpt:

Many Kentucky fans were hopeful Wiltjer would have a change of heart and take a redshirt year in Lexington since he’d have to sit out a season anyway even if he transferred, but the truth is Gonzaga is probably a better option.

Wilter likely would have been a role player at best this season for Kentucky had he come back thanks to the arrival of an ultra-talented recruiting class. Even if Wiltjer got stronger and quicker during his redshirt year and some of the players ahead of him in the rotation enter the NBA draft, there’s no guarantee he still wouldn’t be fighting for minutes the next season because of the way John Calipari recruits.

At Gonzaga, Wiltjer will almost certainly start once he becomes eligible and he’ll get to play alongside close friend and fellow Canadian Kevin Pangos. What’s more, the Gonzaga staff recruited Wiltjer out of high school and can point to the success fellow Canadian forward Kelly Olynyk had this past season after taking a redshirt year to help him get stronger and develop an interior game.

Wiltjer certainly can be an asset to Gonzaga if he taps into potential.

Is Gonzaga truly a better option? That remains to be seen. If Kyle is made the focal point of the Bulldog offense and uses that platform to get to the league then maybe it was the better option. Still all the things Wiltjer could accomplish with the Zags he could just as easily do in Lexington. It was undoubtedly a smart move if Kyle wants more shots with less competition while embracing the chance to play zone defense. However Cal has shown he can take a guy like Jorts and get him to the league. You just have to work at it. If Kyle’s ultimate goal is to play in the NBA the Gonzaga route seems like a harder road to navigate. Best of luck to the young Canadian.

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Article written by Andrew Cassady

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29 Comments for Eisenberg Calls Wiltjer Transfer A Smart Decision



  1. Joe
    9:45 pm July 19, 2013 Permalink

    Eh, I think, overall, it is a good move…

    BUT, Wiltjer is going to have to do something he, apparently, wouldn’t do here…put in the time to make himself a better player. And the best place to have done that is UK.

    But, as the article says, even if he sat out 2013-14 and worked very hard, there’s no guarantee he’d have had playing time 2014-15.

    So, Gonzaga it is, BUT if Wiltjer can’t bulk up, won’t bulk up and won’t work on being a “Better Old Man” Basketball player he’s just going to be a poorer, whiter version of Randolph Morris. A player who was too lazy to really improve himself. And unlike Morris he many not get to play in the NBA.

    I wish the best for Kyle, but it’s still going to be a long, tough road for Kyle and one,at least at Kentucky, he seemed reluctant to pursue.



  2. Ridge Runner
    9:45 pm July 19, 2013 Permalink

    Hate to see Kyle leave but this guy Eisenberg nailed it.



  3. Brad
    9:50 pm July 19, 2013 Permalink

    Kyle had the chance to be the focal point of the offense this season at UK and didn’t play well enough/shoot it well enough or just flat out wasn’t good enough. There is no way with his foot speed and total lack of lateral quickness he ever has any chance of playing in the NBA.

    Appears to be a great kid and I’ll be rooting for him at Zaga but let’s not pretend he was something he wasn’t.



  4. Brian
    9:51 pm July 19, 2013 Permalink

    Kyle had the chance to be the focal point of the offense this season at UK and didn’t play well enough/shoot it well enough or just flat out wasn’t good enough. There is no way with his foot speed and total lack of lateral quickness he ever has any chance of playing in the NBA.

    He appears to be a great kid and I’ll be rooting for him at Zaga but let’s not pretend he was something he wasn’t.



  5. Joe
    9:54 pm July 19, 2013 Permalink

    3. & 4. The clones have arrived…who are we, Simon van Gelder.



  6. Bronson
    9:58 pm July 19, 2013 Permalink

    Kyle had the chance to be the focal point of the offense this season at UK and didn’t play well enough/shoot it well enough or just flat out wasn’t good enough. There is no way with his foot speed and total lack of lateral quickness he ever has any chance of playing in the NBA.

    He appears to be a great kid and I’ll be rooting for him at Zaga but let’s not pretend he was something he wasn’t.



  7. Kyle's Dad
    10:05 pm July 19, 2013 Permalink

    Leaving was the right decision. Kyle will finally get real coaching. If you are not already a pro, Cal cannot do anything with you. And for you people who point to Jorts, he was a product of hype and having 4 pros around him. Where is he now? Miller and Liggins are in the same boat.



  8. Gonzaga Is Not The....
    10:10 pm July 19, 2013 Permalink

    Better Option…… Cal would have made him a better player and more likely a future draft pick had Kyle been willing to do his part…. Apparently he wasn’t because this past year could have been his chance to shine…..he didn’t put in the work….so he didn’t. I for one don’t believe a trip to the left coast will get him any more prepared…. Just a thought.



  9. Reality
    10:15 pm July 19, 2013 Permalink

    Kyle’s dad is a Loserville fan. Nevermind the reality of the many 1st round draft picks Cal has had since his arrival…..not to mention Terrance Jone and Doran Lamb. Please go to Cardinal Tatoo Central…..



  10. Elmer
    10:25 pm July 19, 2013 Permalink

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  11. ESPN
    10:27 pm July 19, 2013 Permalink

    I just named MKG the most disappointing player in the Vegas summer league. Where is that story?

    Just another ready made top 5 pick that Cal just rolled the ball out there to and took all the credit for where he was drafted.



  12. Catlogic15
    10:28 pm July 19, 2013 Permalink

    I’m in Las Vegas and have taken in some NBA summer league. No way Kyle could develop the foot speed these guys have. They are quick! Even Cooley from ND is holding his own. And Wiltjer would have to REALLY bulk up to play boards with these guys. A mans game.



  13. N.I.T
    10:28 pm July 19, 2013 Permalink

    it’s about time Cal ran all that garbage out the door…now if he can’t win with 10 5 stars he should be shown the same door as the other 3



  14. blitzedanddazed
    10:34 pm July 19, 2013 Permalink

    A lot of Wiltjer leaving had to do with his Dad being upset with way his little boy was blamed for many of the team’s problems last season. Plus at the end of last season Calipari informed Wiltjer that it be in his best interest to redshirt this upcoming season. This request did not sit well with Wiltjer’s parents. So Daddy Wiltjer told Cal “if my son sits out a year, he will be doing it at another school”.
    Cal has known for over two weeks Wiltjer was indeed transferring to Gonzaga and Cal really did not give a SH_T!



  15. Scott
    10:40 pm July 19, 2013 Permalink

    #7 Where’s Dan Dickau, Adam Morrison, Ronny Turiaf, Robert Sacre, and Austin Daye? The really sad thing is that, thus far since the modern era of Gonzaga basketball, Adam Morrison has easily been the best NBA product to come out of Gonzaga. And he was so bad he couldn’t last five years in the league.



  16. k2da
    10:42 pm July 19, 2013 Permalink

    As Eric cartman would say “so long kyyyyle” truth is we won #8 with lil help from him and Louisville won #3 because of him. How? If he take his nonathletic butt to Oregon after high school, we get chane and Louisville get close but not!! Chane is a one and done and we would have recruited another top player. Don’t let the door hit ya!



  17. 2Blue4u
    10:49 pm July 19, 2013 Permalink

    I will be a fan of Oregon except when you play BBN.



  18. 2Blue4u
    10:52 pm July 19, 2013 Permalink

    I mean Gonzaga. I personally think Kyle was tired of playing with selfish half hearted players. Kyle will do fine. Coach Cal did not invest in him the way Zag will.



  19. 2Blue4u
    10:57 pm July 19, 2013 Permalink

    How can you know what he’s capable of when you play with selfish stars who think about nothing but show boating for NBA? Cal is great for one and done players.



  20. 2Blue4u
    11:01 pm July 19, 2013 Permalink

    K2Da put down your Pabst Blue ribbon beer. You have some tobacco to cut or something…



  21. stevo51
    11:21 pm July 19, 2013 Permalink

    Slow and lacking quickness….seems to me to be a recipe for playing overseas



  22. Wildcatsteeler
    11:24 pm July 19, 2013 Permalink

    Farewell Benedict Arnold.



  23. k2da
    11:47 pm July 19, 2013 Permalink

    2bluefool, if you like slow players who can shoot when they’re wide open, you’ll love the games at the y.



  24. Chaz
    12:29 am July 20, 2013 Permalink

    Shannon TD: Just read your tweet.

    >>I wish Kyle Wiltjer the best at Gonzaga. Good thing he’s moving now. As slow as he moves, he’ll be lucky to make it there by Fall semester.<<

    I expect comments like that from an attention seeking poster, but from the KSR producer??? I thought better of you.



  25. Charlie Warrior
    1:26 am July 20, 2013 Permalink

    I wish Kyle the best as a Zag. There have certainly been UK players with more natural athletic ability than Kyle, but I always enjoyed seeing him play and he was a favorite of mine. Too bad he didn’t stay at UK for a redshirt year to work on his body, quickness, and defense. I will miss him!!



  26. Cat fan
    5:26 am July 20, 2013 Permalink

    I was at the Duke-UK game in Atlanta this year, and I saw just how hot Kyle’s blonde girlfriend was. She was smoking hot! I am surprised she was not motivation enough for Kyle to hang around Lexington.

    Best of luck Kyle! Once a cat, always a cat. BBN will always root for you.



  27. msnthrop
    6:14 am July 20, 2013 Permalink

    Again with the myth of Cal and Jorts…the NCAA is at least responsible for Jorts making it to the league because if Enes Kanter had been eligible Jorts would have played about as much as he did the year before, 88 minutes in 26 games…The most important way Cal helped Jorts was by bringing in top recruits that Jorts got to play in practice… look at Cals quote when Josh pulled down 26 rebounds in the Blue/White game “Either we are the worst offensive rebounding team in America or he’s gotten better.” which implies to me Cal was surprised by Jorts development…if your surprised by someone being better than you thought they were, it doesn’t make much sense to get credited for their success. Cal contributed to Josh Harrellson’s entrance into the NBA, but I think the main reason Jorts got into the league was Jorts taking responsibility and putting in the work on his own.



  28. J in Orlando
    11:28 am July 20, 2013 Permalink

    27 Jorts improved the same way every player on every team improves…motivation from the coach and teammates and others, and putting in the work himself. The real myth is the level of credit any coach gets for the work the player puts in…its the same everywhere. But Jorts and Kyle is a terrible comparison…very different players and styles and circumstances



  29. KG
    1:25 pm July 20, 2013 Permalink

    Wish Kyle all the best and hope He has good success in his career.