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Blacksher and Wiltjer Tabbed As Breakout Players for 2012-13
August 6, 2012KentuckySports.co
SportsIllustrated.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.