After Kentucky's first exhibition game, John Calipari said freshman Kyle Wiltjer could do more.
After the second exhibition, the UK coach could have said, I told you so.
Wiltjer led UK with 26 points in a 125-40 victory over Morehouse on Monday.
"I told him at halftime, 'You're starting to define your game,' " Calipari said.
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The UK coach suggested Wiltjer, though a versatile player, need not complicate what he tries to do offensively. Shoot the open three-pointer (he led the Cats with four treys). Shoot his signature hook from the low post. If guarded closely on the perimeter, create separation with a dribble and shoot a pull-up jumper.
"Make it real simple," Calipari said. "Don't invent stuff."
For instance, late in the game Wiltjer tried a no-look pass over his right shoulder.
"He didn't need to," Calipari said in keeping his corrective message short and simple.
Wiltjer didn't protest the keep-it-simple advice from Calipari.
"Get to the spots I like to score from," he said of this stripped-down role. "Shooting open shots confidently, and get to the block where I like to operate."
During one telling moment in Kentucky's first exhibition against Transylvania, Wiltjer grabbed an offensive rebound. An audible buzz from the crowd signaled the fans' anticipation of a hook shot.
After the Morehouse game, in which he wheeled into the lane for a left-handed hook, Wiltjer said he senses the fans' anticipation.
"Just because I get a lot of questions about it," he said of the hook. "I feel I have to use it. It's such a great move. It's something that kind of happens. I don't think about it.
"It's hard to defend. I like it because the fans like it."
Wiltjer attributed his great production against Morehouse to a growing confidence. He also noted that Kentucky's depth will mean any of several players could have a sudden spike in production.
"Every game, every player is not going to score a lot of points," he said. "We have such great depth. Every player is not going to have his best game every night."
It's been well-chronicled that Wiltjer's father, former college and pro player Greg Wiltjer, taught his son the hook shot. As a child, the younger Wiltjer did what he called "Mikan drills" in which he shot hooks with either hand.
"As much as I didn't like doing it when I was little, it really paid off," he said.
Wiltjer's versatility suggests he could play multiple roles for Kentucky. He voiced his fondness for power forward.
"I like 'four' because it's a versatile position," he said.
Calipari noted that, like all players, Wiltjer must improve.
"He's got to get tougher," the UK coach said. "He can do that in practice."