By LARRY VAUGHT
One of the better stories from NBA Draft night to me was the way former Kentucky Wildcat Kyle Wiltjer handled not being drafted.
He transferred from UK to Gonzaga after his sophomore season but remains popular in the Bluegrass as shown by the way fans reacted to him last spring when he returned to Kentucky for two weeks.
And Wiltjer quickly signed a three-year contract with the Houston Rockets after the draft ended that will get him in the summer league and training camp. He could make the roster, end up in the developmental league or possibly play overseas.
Kentucky coach John Calipari tweeted congratulations to Wiltjer: “@kwiltj may not have been drafted but he signed with Houston and has the perfect HC in Mike D’Antoni. Congrats! I know the #BBN is excited.”
Wiltjer was on UK’s 2012 national championship team and was the SEC’s Sixth Man of the Year as a sophomore before transferring.
What I really liked was his reaction Thursday night when he signed with the Rockets. He tweeted, “Nothing but joy in the Wiltjer house,” with a picture of family and friends celebrating after he signed a free-agent contract.