Kentucky Basketball: Two Players on the Wildcats That Don’t Get Enough Buzz
Nerlens Noel. Archie Goodwin. Alex Poythress. Willie Cauley-Stein. These are four great recruits that the Kentucky Wildcats picked up. Everyone is expecting these four players to take the Wildcats to the promised land in the 2012-13 college basketball season, but there is more to Kentucky than these four incoming players.
Kentucky will also have Ryan Harrow and Kyle Wiltjer. Although neither of these players have much or any experience at Kentucky, Harrow still did manage to play 23 minutes per game for North Carolina State his freshman year and Wiltjer did play 11.6 minutes per game for the Wildcats last season.
In those 23 minutes for Harrow, he averaged 9.3 points per game and 3.3 assists per game. Although these aren’t the most impressive numbers in the world, they are pretty decent for a freshman.
Harrow may have been a redshirt last season, but he still had a full season to learn how John Calipari does work, and he should make a huge impact for Kentucky in the upcoming season.
As for Wiltjer, he played alongside Anthony Davis, Doron Lamb, Terrence Jones, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Marquis Teague. Although Wiltjer did not get a whole lot of playing time for obvious reasons, he still managed to chip in 5.0 points per game and 1.8 rebounds per game last season.
There will still be tremendous talent at Kentucky this season, but Harrow and Wiltjer should get plenty of playing time to show off their skills. In fact, both players have a good chance of starting this season. Wiltjer may stand at 6’10”, but with more looks, his 43.2 percent from behind the arc should create a lot of points in the 2012-13 season. Wiltjer is a surprisingly good shooter, and can really do damage from anywhere one the court. He did shoot 43.8 percent from the field last season.
Harrow will likely start at the point guard position. He has had a full season to improve his three-point shooting, which was pretty bad considering he is a guard. Harrow shot 22.2 percent from long range with NC State. However, Harrow still did manage to shoot 39 percent from the field with the Wolfpack.
Kentucky’s recruits may be getting all of the buzz entering the season, but Harrow and Wiltjer will surprise a lot of people in the upcoming season.
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