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By MIKE MARSEE
UK basketball coach John Calipari was in Danville at Boyle County High School Monday for one of his summer satellite camps, and he granted exclusive interview time with vaughtsviews to discuss newcomers to the team, the NBA draft and other topics. Here’s part 4 of the interview:
Question: What kind of improvement do you expect from Kyle Wiltjer in his second season?
Calipari: “Just stronger, more mature. The funny thing is, he hasn’t started shaving yet. My (15-year-old) son’s started to shave. Kyle Wiltjer is very young for his age. His dad’s almost 7 feet tall; wouldn’t it be nice if we all turn around and we look at him and say, ‘You’re still growing,’ and then to still have the skill set that he has?”
If coach John Calipari has his way, Kentucky will once again be a great defensive team.
Calipari: “I want us to be a great defensive team like we have been. I want us to lead the nation in field-goal percentage defense, in blocked shots like we did this year. It would even be nice to have the best winning percentage in college basketball, which means you’re probably playing the last weekend of the season.”
As for the offense, there are question marks, but there are also options. And Calipari said he thinks his work with the Dominican Republic national team this summer will help him answer some of those questions.
“I don’t know how this team will piece together. I do think the stuff I’m doing this summer is going to really help, because we will be a European(-style) team,” he said.