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By LARRY VAUGHT
Probably nothing should surprise anyone when it comes to John Calipari and recruiting at Kentucky.
After all, he has already had two straight No. 1 recruiting classes and now he seems a lock to have a third straight with the addition of power forward Kyle Wiltjer, OregonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s top player who has helped his high school team win back-to-back Class AAAAAA state championships.
Wiltjer, who has not visited Kentucky, announced during halftime of SaturdayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢sÃ‚Â Boost Mobile Elite 24 game on ESPN U that wanted to play for Calipari and Kentucky even though he was a huge recruiting target for nearby Gonzaga.
He has been called the most skilled power forward in the country by some recruiting analysts and is a versatile offensive player who should fit perfectly into CalipariÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s dribble-drive offense. Scout.com has his ranked as the nationÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 19th best player. The 6-9 Wiltjer averaged 16.5 points per game last year.
I was at a local high school football bowl doubleheader when I got word that Wiltjer had surprised almost everyone by joining UKÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s loaded 2011 class that includes Chicago center Anthony Davis, Philadelphia swingman Mike Gilchrist and Indianapolis guard Marquis Teague.
Wiltjer reportedly had narrowed his choices to Kentucky, Wake Forest, Cal, Gonzaga and Texas. He was also heavily recruited by Kansas and Georgia Tech. He had 20 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals in Saturday nightÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s game.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I felt I was ready, and it was a good basketball fit,Ã¢â‚¬Â Wiltjer told FOXSports.com. Ã¢â‚¬Å“They have a great recruiting class coming in. I really wanted to surround myself with the best players in the country, so I can push myself every day in practice. Calipari has done a great job in the past, and my time was ready. I can play on the wing or in the post, and their system is a very good fit because they have so many dribble penetrators that it will open me up.
Wiltjer is described by Scout.com as a hybrid forward with a legitimate touch from the perimeter and the ability to play inside.