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UK's Kyle Wiltjer was named one of 10 potential breakout players for 2012-13 by ESPN's Eamonn Brennan. UofL's Wayne Blackshear also included.
Kyle Wiltjer, Kentucky: I'm not sure it's possible, in 2012, to be a Kentucky Wildcat and also be under the radar. But if it is possible, Wiltjer fits the bill. The lanky forward was the seventh man in UK's championship rotation last season, and he made timely contributions throughout the season. But as the Cats marched to the national title, and Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and super-sub Darius Miller and the rest of the top six garnered 100 percent of the attention, Wiltjer largely became an afterthought. Don't make the same mistake in 2012-13. Kentucky will be loaded again, no doubt, but Wiltjer -- a former top-20 prospect in the Class of 2011, lest we forget -- will play starter's minutes, and should emerge as much more than a stretch forward with a sweet jump shot. If he combines a low-post game with that spot shooting, Wiltjer could morph into one of the nation's most complete scoring threats -- a Doug McDermott lookalike with national title talent at his side.
This morning, my colleague Fran Fraschilla listed his five under-the-radar teams ready to break out in 2012-13. So today's Top 10 Thursday feature is
I have no doubt that he will be a major contributor on offense and will shine nationally but I hope he gets tougher on defense and learns to move his feet better. I love this kid.
Have a feeling with the guys UK has and their ability to create open shots that Wiltjer is going to have a 30-point game or two next season.
You'll probably laugh at me but don't overlook Hood. Kid does have some skills.
No doubt. John was on two teams with absolutely amazing talent at the 2/3 spots. He'll have an opportunity next year and I think he'll do fine.
I agree. I've seen that kid compete against the top guys in the nation before. He held his own. If his knee cooperates, he can be a real valuable guy with 7-10 minutes off the bench.
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Jon hood can be our mike miller! Haha
I will believe it with Hood when I see it.
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