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Blacksher and Wiltjer Tabbed As Breakout Players for 2012-13

August 6, 2012

Posted by Tyler Bloyd on Monday, 06 August 2012 in College Sports

kyle_wiltjer5SportsIllustrated.com has published a article for the upcoming 2012-13 basketball season, breaking down who they believe could be potential breakout players across the country. Two of those guys are right here in the commonwealth with Louisville Cardinal Wayne Blacksher and Kentucky Wildcat Kyle Wiltjer. Both of these guys will be returning sophomores to two Final Four teams, with both of them being key parts to another run.

Starting with the defending national champion Kyle Wiltjer. He will be looked at as a key piece to another deep run in the NCAA Tournament. The experience and shooting abilities of Wiltjer will cause troubles for opposing teams during year two of his career. Moving into a more dominate roll, he will need to lead this young team if they plan on returning to the Final Four. Here is the excerpt from SI on the "goonie" himself:

           - Kyle Wiltjer, Kentucky: Wiltjer was the forgotten man in Kentucky's 2011 recruiting class, likely because he, as "only" a consensus top 25 recruit, was the black sheep of John Calipari's freshmen. Wiltjer also doesn't exactly fit the mold of the typical Coach Cal recruit. He's a baby-faced power forward whose athleticism is rivaled by some of the writers covering the Wildcats and whose forte is his ability to shoot the ball. He's the epitome of a face-up four playing for a team that produces physical freaks like John Wall, Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. His value lies in the fact that he may end up being far and away the best shooter on that UK roster next season. Think about how much room there will be to penetrate if an opponent's four cannot leave Wiltjer and the center has to try to find a way to keep Nerlens Noel from receiving a lob.

Moving 60 miles west on interstate 65, the Cardinals have a guy who missed most of last season due to injury in Wayne Blacksher. He came into 2011-12 as a top recruit til re-injuring his shoulder very early in the year and did not see action til towards the end of the year. But when he was in the game, you could tell he was talented, smart on the court and will be a go-to-guy for this years Cardinal squad in hopes of a return to the Final Four as well. Here is the excerpt on Blacksher:

            - Wayne Blackshear, Louisville: Blackshear is one of the guys that everyone is expecting to have a big year in 2012-13. After battling a shoulder injury for much of his freshman campaign, the former top 30 recruit rebounded and put together a couple of impressive performances once he returned -- 13 points in his debut against West Virgin-ia, nine points in 14 minutes in the Final Four against Kentucky. Blackshear could end up being the difference between Louisville having a good year and Louisville being a national title favorite. The Cardinals are tough defensively, they have perimeter playmakers (Peyton Siva, Russ Smith, Luke Hancock) and they have talent and size up front (Gorgui Dieng, Chane Behanan, Montrezl Harrell). What they don't have is a consistent, big-time scorer on the perimeter, a guy that can ensure the floor is spread with his ability to shoot. That's Blackshear when he's at his best.

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