With the season winding down, ESPN has a cool feature asking several high-profile seniors what they would tell the freshman versions of themselves. What would senior Alex say to freshman Alex?
I would just say to work harder in everything. It’s a lot different than high school. People think just because you come in, you can do whatever, but no, it’s really a lot different from high school, and you’re going to have a lot of challenges.
The talent level is different. People are a lot better than you think they are, and there’s not that much room for error.
Former Cat Kyle Wiltjer was also part of the survey, and said playing against NBA-level talent his freshman year at Kentucky was invaluable to his career:
You know, it’s probably cliche, but if I could go back and talk to Kyle Wiltjer the freshman, I would just tell him to keep working hard, get back in the gym and listen to your coaches. I’ve been working hard since day one. And every single year, my work ethic has gotten better.
Playing with guys like Anthony Davis and Terrence Jones my freshman year at Kentucky really made me work hard every day in practice.
Saturday is Alex’s Senior Day, and to get you ready, Drew and I will have a lengthy feature on his career at Kentucky on the site tomorrow night.