Tuesday, June 25, 2013
3-point shot: Wiltjer to the West Coast?
By Andy Katz
1. If Kyle Wiltjer does leave Kentucky and sit out next season at another school he has a real shot to be a major player in the sport in 2014-15. The schools that are going to pursue him in seeking a release are Gonzaga, Portland, Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford and Texas, as reported by ESPN.com. The Zags will lean heavily on the example of Kelly Olynyk, who worked out well as a redshirt. Olynyk used his redshirt year to bulk up and change his body and game. He became a potential lottery pick because of his redshirt year. That might be too generous for Wiltjer, but he needs a full year to work on his strength and conditioning. He already has the skill set. Wiltjer would fit in well at a number of those schools on the West Coast. All could use his face-up game and none are immune from the need for a big man. Kentucky will miss having another upperclassman and shooter but can absorb the loss next season more so than a year ago when they lacked overall talent.
2. The Playing Rules Oversight panel approved what the rules committee had already recommended: to use instant replay in the final two minutes of regulation on out-of-bounds plays, in addition to determining if a shot is a 2 or 3-pointer. While there is a chance this could slow the game down a bit, getting the possession calls right is worth any delay. This was a change that the game had to make to avoid any more controversy. There will still be disagreements and hard to discern plays, but this is a step in the right direction to use technology correctly.
3. American Athletic Conference commissioner Mike Aresco said Monday he was told by Louisville that the Cardinals would wear the new "A" logo for their one season in the conference in 2013-14 before moving to the ACC. He said he wouldn't be surprised if they were also using the logo on athletic competition fields of play. He said he hasn't heard from Rutgers yet on what the Scarlet Knights would do before they move to the Big Ten. But Aresco said both schools have been warm to the league, even with their pending departure. Both schools will be representing the league in all their athletic competitions and any advancement into NCAA play would mean their postseason units would stay with the American and not go with them.