By LARRY VAUGHT
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.”