Posted: Feb 8, 2013 7:17 PM by Alan Cutler
Updated: Feb 8, 2013 7:19 PM
You get to see your son and watch a couple of games at Rupp. The perfect week.
After a slow start, Kyle Wiltjer is one of the most improved players averaging 15 points over the last six games. But there have been some struggles.
"When he's not happy, we're not talking a lot of basketball," says Greg Wiltjer. "So we are just trying to put him back on track. You know what, it's typical, he's a 20 year old kid. He's going to have highs and lows. We're just thrilled that he's back on track, he's having fun and he enjoys this group of guys."
It's worse today than ever before. Pick a school, it happens everywhere. With social media, fans at times can be really nasty towards players. Kyle has felt some of that. Mom and Dad don't have to like it, but it's something you have to deal with.
"It's a fishbowl. When things are going great people will let you know. But, when things aren't going too great, they will let you know also."
Greg was a terrific post player back in the day at Oregon State. He knows the game. He taught Kyle. And, he sees a change from last year.
"The one thing I'm thrilled about is he's trying not to be one dimensional. That's the biggest thing I see different. I think naturally, with age, he's going to get physically stronger. I see him getting tougher. I see him defending better. I see him rebounding better. If he makes himself more all around he's going to be more valuable to this team and beyond Kentucky."
Kyle might be a four year player at UK. And, he might end up playing ball for the next 10 to 15 years.