By LARRY VAUGHT
Kyle Wiltjer has not played at Kentucky for three years, but the former Cat says his mother has never lost her passion for the Wildcats.
“Yeah, and it is really funny. Obviously she just loves the Kentucky Effect,” Wiltjer said during his recent visit to Kentucky. “She just thinks it is so incredible the way the fans treat me. She is just really grateful that the fans are so supportive.”
He was on the 2012 national championship team and remembers the celebration in New Orleans after the title game.
Just coming back to the hotel after we won it all and seeing all the fans chanting. I have videos of that and I will never forget it,” Wiltjer said. “I still remember my parents and Anthony Davis’ parents having a good time on the streets after the championship.”
He says it is “hit or miss” on how often he gets to talk to his former teammates.
“Maybe we talk a couple of times a week sometimes and then maybe go a month without talking. Every time we talk even with a guy like Gilly (Michael-Kidd Gilchrist) it is like we pick up right where we left off,” Wiltjer said.
“I think that is what is really cool about my relationships I have built. It doesn’t matter how long since we have seen each other. Once we see each other it is almost like the time has not really gone by.”
He says he chats on social media with Terrence Jones and that Kidd-Gilchrist got in contact with him during Gonzaga’s play in the NCAA Tournament.
“Those are my guys for life,” Wiltjer said.
Based on the fans who turned out to see him in Kentucky, he has the same relationship with fans.
“It has been a really long time since I have been here, but it still resonates with me and a lot of people. It is cool they still remember those experiences and still support me,” Wiltjer said.