Cal calls son of former Oregon State player

Kentucky Coach John Calipari called the parents of big man prospect Kyle Wiltjer last week to express recruiting interest in their son.

Wiltjer is playing in the King City Classic camp in Cleveland. His father, Greg Wiltjer, played for Oregon State

“He called to stay they’ve followed by progress,” the younger Wiltjer said. “They have a lot of one-and-dones. They have to wait  (to express interest).”

Wiltjer credited his father with helping develop his game.

“Since the fifth grade,” he said. “He had me do what he called the George Mikan drill: Left- and right-handed hooks. I was thinking, ‘Why am I doing this?’ But it paid off.

“He loves the old-fashioned hook shot. No one is really ready for it. No one can really block it, so I’m picking up on it.”

Wiltjer, a high school senior in 2010-11, added UK to a long list of schools that includes Gonzaga, Kansas, California, Stanford, Arizona, Arizona State, Texas and Wake Forest.

“If any school wants to come in, they’re welcome,” Wiltjer said. He’s from Portland, Ore.