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Calipari says Wiltjer demonstrating that he can do more for Kentucky


How has Kyle Wiltjer changed/improved recently for Kentucky, which plays at Auburn tonight?

“Well, he’s stepped on the practice stuff. He’s gotten in the gym and done extra. He’s becoming more aggressive and talking more in practice. Right now, he’s the most vocal player we have. When you do that, you build your own self-esteem and self-confidence,” Kentucky coach John Calipari said Friday.

But wait. There’s more.

“The other side of it is you’ve got to carryover what you’re doing here to a game. I tell you, demonstrated performance is the only way you build your own confidence and self-esteem. It’s not me saying, ‘You’re really good! You can really guard that Turner kid! You’re doing a great job! Now he’s got 36. I’m telling you, you’re doing a great job!’ Doesn’t work that way,” Calipari said.

“You build your own self-esteem and confidence through demonstrated performance, challenging yourself, recognizing what you’ve got to get better on, get better, go in the game, carry it over in the game and then start to believe, ‘I can do this.’ That’s just a process and we’re doing it with 17- and 18-year-old kids.”

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  1. Karen Sprinkle

    Kyle is beginning to show a bit of the veteran leadership this team needs so badly. The pieces may all start to be coming together. Go Cats!

  2. LindaS

    I think Kyle has gotten a wake up call, we all know he is a good kid and we know he can play ball. I think all the young men need to remember there was a player last year who left. He was not playing to his potential and he had other things that were more important. This is a great opportunity for these young men, not everyone is hand picked like they are to play for the greatest basketball program in the nation. If you take the opportunity to play there and for Cal you will succeed in your life goals, not just as an athlete but as a human being also. There is time for frolic later, take care of business now, improve, do your best and life will be good.

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