Kyle Wiltjer helps Kentucky Wildcats stay loose
by Nicole Auerbach, USA TODAY Sports
LEXINGTON, Ky. — By default, Kyle Wiltjer is Kentucky’s veteran player.
The sophomore recently turned 20. But when you play for John Calipari and you’re not a freshman … well, you’re old.
Wiltjer has the experience to back up his veteran status. He has a year’s worth as a role player on a national championship team. Though he averaged 11.6 points and didn’t start a game, Wiltjer is the only Wildcat returning who played more than three minutes a game.
Wiltjer knows his role must change this season, and he’ll be expected to contribute more on and off the court. The 6-foot-10, 239-pound forward is looking forward to the season getting started as this Wildcats team sets its own goals and creates its own identity. USA TODAY Sports’ Nicole Auerbach caught up with Wiltjer.
On my iPod
I like to listen to a lot of stuff, a lot of rap and hip-hop. I listen to Rick Ross and a guy from back West, Nipsey Hussle; he does remixes to popular songs. J Cole. Just a variety of stuff.
Xbox or Playstation?
I’m not a big gamer. I have an Xbox, but I honestly don’t remember the last time I played it. I’m just kind of the guy who likes to hang out with friends instead of playing in front of a screen. … I’m a big movie guy, so I like watching movies on Netflix. I’ve never been into gaming.
DVDs I can’t live without …
My box set of “Fresh Prince.” I’ve got all the seasons. I’ve probably seen every episode four or five times. I still laugh at them. … I don’t know why, but it’s so funny to me. … It was always on late at night. My aunt got me a season, and I thought it was hilarious. They’re always funny. You know what’s going to happen, but it’s still funny.
Besides Rupp Arena, my favorite place to play is …
It’s not a college arena, but last year’s Final Four (at the Superdome) because the amount of people was pretty unbelievable. I’ve never seen that many people watch me play basketball. It was unreal, winning it … [For more on Kyle Wiltjer helps Kentucky Wildcats stay loose, click here.]