Former University of Kentucky standout Kyle Wiltjer, now with sixth-ranked Gonzaga, had a lot to say about his time at Kentucky during an interview published on Canada-based Sportsnet's website on Tuesday. Here are a couple of highlights from the Q&A:
Wiltjer on transferring from Kentucky: "When I was going through that process, obviously my parents were a big help — they're the closest to me. But I was actually talking to Coach Cal (Kentucky's John Calipari) a lot, too. He was awesome through all of that, a big help. And that's rare because a lot of coaches, if you asked to leave, they'd turn the other cheek and the decision would be on you. But he wanted me to be successful and wanted me to find the right fit as well."
One thing people might not know about Calipari: "He's very loyal. If you're in his system and give it your all, no matter how much you contribute he's in your corner. ... he really cares and has checked up on me along the way, letting me know he's always there and wishes me the best."
What was it like playing with Anthony Davis, now one of the NBA's biggest stars? "Just seeing his transformation has been unbelievable. ... Just seeing his work ethic, seeing that pay off, every step of the way he's just getting better and better. And he's stayed humble throughout it. It's great to see a guy with that kind of success early in his career just stay that same guy, the same character."