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Wiltjer needs to improve athletically and score more inside.
The most experienced player heading into this season is sophomore forward Kyle Wiltjer, who was the seventh man on last year's NCAA title team. He was expected to challenge as the team's scoring leader and so far he is well on his way to doing so.
With that being said, there is plenty to worry about regarding Wiltjer's offensive impact as the season progresses. His biggest liability last season was his inability to create his own shot on offense. He lacked the athletic ability to explode to the rim, split defenders or dribble to create open space. Kyle hovered mostly around the three-point line and served more as a spot-up shooter than anything else.
Reports came out this summer about an improved Wiltjer who had worked on his athleticism and was ready to take the next step in being a dominant scorer on offense. Unfortunately, those reports have not rang true thus far as Kyle is still limiting himself on the offensive end.
For example, he was held to just five points in last week's contest versus Duke. Considering that he was mostly guarded by slow-footed Ryan Kelly, it is embarrassing that Wiltjer was not more successful getting open and scoring more points for his team.
However, he did break out last game against an inferior Lafayette squad by hitting seven three-pointers en route to 23 points for the night. The perimeter shooting is a great sign and it has always been Kyle's biggest strength.
But think about this for a moment. He was successful on seven three-point tries yet only ended up with 23 total points. That tells you yet again that he scored almost exclusively from the outside and didn't mix it up inside the arc. He will have to improve this aspect of his game if he hopes to avoid the kind of output he gave against Duke.