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Kentucky forward Kyle Wiltjer is transferring to find a ''significant'' role elsewhere.
The 6-foot-10 Wiltjer played with the Canadian national team this summer, posted a letter on Kentucky's athletic department website Monday afternoon, saying he will seek a situation to help him ''compete the way I know I can. ... wherever that may be.''
He had announced in April he would return to Kentucky for his junior season. Wiltjer said Monday he has some ''new and adjusted goals.''
Wildcats coach John Calipari expressed disappointment over Wiltjer's decision but wished him luck on his website.
The Oregon native, whose father is a Canadian, was named the Southeastern Conference's top reserve after averaging 10.2 points and 4.2 rebounds per game.
Kentucky has eight incoming freshmen, including six McDonald's All-Americans.
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Kyle Wiltjer has played basketball at the University of Kentucky for the past two seasons. He played a prominent role in Kentucky’s 2012 national championship run and has spent his summer playing with the Canadian national team. Today, Wiltjer released this letter to the Big Blue Nation through UK Athletics, stating that he’s looking at potentially leaving UK.
After the news broke that Kyle Wiltjer is looking to leave the Kentucky Wildcats, his name immediately started trending on Twitter – his possible departure took Big Blue Nation and the college basketball world by complete surprise. Naturally, fans went to Twitter to express their emotions in several ways.
First, the state of shock:
my #BBN boyfriend @kwiltj is TRANSFERRING...
Kentucky forward Kyle Wiltjer is transferring to find a "significant" role elsewhere.
The 6-foot-10 Wiltjer, who played with the Canadian development national team this summer, posted a letter on Kentucky's athletic department website Monday afternoon, saying he will seek a situation to help him "compete the way I know I can. ... wherever that may be."
Kyle Wiltjer has decided to transfer from Kentucky.
Wiltjer, entering his junior season, figured to have less playing time due to the strength of John Calipari's incoming class.
"After playing with Canada, Kyle feels like he could have a more prominent role in another program than he might have with us next season," wrote Calipari. "He expressed to me that that’s...
What does Kyle Wiltjer's decision to transfer from UK mean for the Wildcats this season? We touch on three takeaway points in this KyScout feature.
Kentucky forward Kyle Wiltjer has wrote an open letter to the Big Blue Nation, thanking the fans and coaching staff for everything during his time in Lexington. Kentucky head coach John Calipari has also followed up with a letter of his very own, discussing his opinion on Wiltjer’s possible move. Calipari hints he may not agree with the decision, but supports Kyle and will assist...
Kyle Wiltjer may no longer be a Wildcat. The junior forward from Oregon released an open letter to Kentucky fans via the school’s official website, UKAthletics.com, on Monday announcing his intention to transfer from the program.
Kentucky coach John Calipari touched on variety of topics Monday during the SEC coaches summer teleconference, including the influx of talent making its way into the league this season via a tremendous recruiting class.