Early returns suggest Kyle Wiltjer’s work will pay off

Kyle Wiltjer - photo by Walter Cornett | WildcatWorld.com
Kyle Wiltjer – photo by Walter Cornett | WildcatWorld.com

How will handle an expanded role in his second season at UK? It didn’t take long to get an answer to that one. Wiltjer scored 19 points, grabbed six rebounds and blocked three shots in the Cats’ 72-69 win over Maryland – good enough to earn the sophomore forward recognition as Player of the Week.

“I have done a lot of work this offseason, just working on my body, physically – quickness, strength – stuff like that and definitely honed in on my skills as well. You can’t be too good at something so I just continue to work on my jump shot and playing out of that and getting able to play in the post which will be key this year, showing people that I am a really good post player as well,” Wiltjer said earlier this fall.

Last year, Wiltjer was mostly a long-range shooting specialist but against Maryland, he showed his game is considerably more well rounded.

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