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Top 5 Kyle Wiltjer Moments

Today is a sad day around Big Blue Nation as Kyle Wiltjer announced his plans to seek out a new place to play college basketball. In two years Kyle has done just about everything you could at Kentucky. He’s been labeled everything from hero to pariah.  He’s won a national championship. Most impressive of all he found a way to become a beloved Cat. IKyle may be moving on but here’s a look back at my five favorite moments for Kyle the Cat:

 5. Meet The WBA

Kyle will be remembered for the things he did off the court just as much as his great accomplishments on it. Most notable was the WBA/Goonies series of videos put out by Kyle and Jarrod. The dynamic duo instantly became fan favorites and showcased an incredible personality off the court. If Oliver Simmons can come back hopefully we will one day get the chance to see a WBA reunion in 20 years. Either way the memories will live on via YouTube.

4. The 1-2-3 Goggle Kid

Doron Lamb may have brought the three goggles to Kentucky but I would say it was Kyle Wiltjer who elevated it to an artform. Kyle seemed to know just the perfect amount of time to throw up the monocle after a shot and was a major factor in the symbol becoming a frenzy.  It just won’t be the same if Wiltjer continues to three-goggle at whatever school he ends up.

3. The Point-forward.

Kyle was never the fastest, strongest, or most athletic guy on the court but he showed a knack for finding ways to score or distributing to guys for an easy basket. Such was the case at Auburn when the position of point-forward was born. Kyle racked up a career high 5 assists while showcasing that old man YMCA offense he was known for. That’s years offense was pretty abyssal but it never looked better than when it was running through the least likely of players. Kyle could back a guy down and then dish to an open guy on the perimeter. It was great to seem him work and its disappointing to know we won’t get to see that game develop for two more years.

2. Kyle Dominates Ole Miss

A lot of people remember this game for Noel’s defensive effort but Kyle doesn’t get credit for his offensive impact. Kyle would finish with 26  but no play was more awesome than the dunk to give him a new career high. The pick and roll was executed to perfection and then we saw the rare flush from the seven footer. In a game the Cats had to have Kyle turned in an awesome game on both ends of the court. Nearly his finest hour.

1. Final Four Impact

This is the moment that I’ll always remember about Wiltjer in the Blue and White. Kentucky- Louisville Final Four. With the first half winding down Louisville had made a run to cut the lead to three. Things were getting tight around Big Blue Nation until Kyle stepped up in a major way. Kyle caught the ball open on the elbow and you knew right away it was money. Then on the defensive end he got in the paint to come up with a steal. It’s the kind of play that Im going to miss from the big fella. The Cats would take a seven point lead into the break and never look back. Kyle found a way to change the game despite limited minutes


Best of luck to Wiltjer in all of his future endeavors. You never want to see a Cat have to leave but sometimes it’s just the reality of the situation. Like they say in the movie you choose to emulate “Once a Goonie Cat, always a Cat” What were some of your favorite Wiltjer moments?


Article written by Andrew Cassady

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20 Comments for Top 5 Kyle Wiltjer Moments

  1. Jalo
    6:44 pm June 24, 2013 Permalink


    the good thing is, I saved a bunch of money on my car insurance by switching to GEICO!

  2. J.D.
    7:17 pm June 24, 2013 Permalink

    Is anyone else getting flashbacks of what could have been with Jodie Meeks? Something doesn’t sound right about this, Why now?? Could this have had an impact on the Wiggins decision had he announced this earlier? If this does happen (Which i think is a done deal or Cal wouldn’t have announced it), He will regret this the rest of his life.

  3. Cal is taking the garbage out
    7:18 pm June 24, 2013 Permalink

    wow looking at that 2nd gif,I see what Willie was talking about.If thats our bench again we will see the N.I.T again

  4. DB11
    7:27 pm June 24, 2013 Permalink

    My favorite part was when he didn’t bail on us.

  5. Big Blue 66
    7:30 pm June 24, 2013 Permalink

    Im afraid of another Michael Bradley situation, remember when his dad told Tubby he was the next Bird lol, Kyle went and played with the Canadian team and people started to tell him he was great but that Cal doesnt like his type of game and he needed to go where they played his “style” Problem is, if he wants in the NBA, he should stay and let Cal develop his weaknesses, if he wants to go to a slower team so he can fit as he is now, then have fun in the Uzbekistan International League

  6. English Teacher
    7:32 pm June 24, 2013 Permalink

    This dude needs to take a couple grammar courses. I found myself reading several sentences 2-3 times. Come on man, proof read! Use the spell check!

  7. Nick
    7:44 pm June 24, 2013 Permalink

    This isn’t a sad day at all in my opinion, he sucks

  8. chad b
    7:46 pm June 24, 2013 Permalink

    Kyle, this is your year to shine. The reason you didn’t shine last year was because of the lack of talent around you. Its obvious that you lack in several areas, mostly to do with your physical ability, but you are a GREAT spot up shooter. If you look back at 2012 you had a lot of players around you that could draw the defense into a double team thus allowing you to knock down the open three. This year will be very similar if you decide to stay. DON’T run from a challenge Kyle . Either way we love you man and we want you to know you’ll always be a cat.

  9. Danny
    7:47 pm June 24, 2013 Permalink

    He could take a redshirt year and come back if all he is wanting to do is bulk up. Hope you stay Kyle

  10. Flippy23
    8:04 pm June 24, 2013 Permalink

    What about his very first Midnight Madness when Kyle came out and did his dance ??? I thought he was incredible right then…..a knucklehead…..a wiseguy……..he was genuinely funny. I will hope like hell he stays another two years…..he is among my favorite personalities on the team…….now, mind you, he can’t play defense.

  11. Benny D
    8:06 pm June 24, 2013 Permalink

    good luck to ya big fella, loved to see you knock down those 3’s! BBN for life.

  12. Reality
    8:11 pm June 24, 2013 Permalink

    Give the kid a break UK fans, you have like 4 power forwards, Derek Willis would’ve gotten more minutes than this guy.

  13. Tim
    8:18 pm June 24, 2013 Permalink

    Redshirt Kyle! Do like Shep did in 97′.

  14. Yes We Know
    8:18 pm June 24, 2013 Permalink

    #7-Every day sucks for you, doesn’t it?

  15. Jpo
    8:27 pm June 24, 2013 Permalink

    6. First, no one cares. Second, why do you link your username to nothing? That is all

  16. nas
    8:30 pm June 24, 2013 Permalink

    Kyle is a slow, inconsistent shooter who can’t play defense. Go Cats. Get 9.

  17. FeedMeSeymour
    8:50 pm June 24, 2013 Permalink

    I sure wish he wasn’t leaving…

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    9:01 pm June 24, 2013 Permalink check this site out if u wanna earn points to redeem stuff from amazon for free ive earned 68 bucks already

  19. Ball Hair
    9:45 pm June 24, 2013 Permalink

    Calipari sure developed that McDonalds All American.

  20. knightynight
    8:12 am June 25, 2013 Permalink

    I have thought about this for awhile now. Is that a regulation ball that Polson does a windmill with in that first video? If so, that’s very impressive.