Kyle Wiltjer is the only Cat returning with any sort of playing experience next season and he’s already soaking up his role as a Kentucky star. He was profiled by one of the television stations in his hometown of Portland, Oregon. In the piece they talked National Chamionship, WBA and his mom even threw him an alley oop. It’s a cool feature on a guy that we learned more about through his goofy YouTube exploits than his play on the court.
Next season will be Kyle’s chance to really step into a huge role for the Cats. He was always instant offense off the bench in the NCAA tournament and if he continues his improvement with regards to his quickness and defense, he could be one of the most dangerous players in the country next season. There is simply no one else with his combination of size and shooting touch. With Ryan Harrow getting into the paint and distributing and Nerlens Noel often occupying the team’s tallest defender, there’s no reason to think that Kyle won’t be raining threes on shorter players all year long. We welcome the zone next season.