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.
Here’s a portion of the letter:
During this next year, I will be working on my body so that I am able to compete the way I know I can. I want to find a situation that will help me do this as well as play a more significant role, wherever that may be. Even though I might physically leave Lexington, I will never forget the support and kindness that everyone has shown my family and me. It is difficult to put into words how hard it is to possibly leave BBN, yet I am confident that whatever I choose, I will give it my all. Regardless, I will always bleed blue and will never forget these amazing last two years at Kentucky.
Coach Calipari decided to chime in on Wiltjer’s decision via his website, CoachCal.com. Here’s what he had to say:
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. He expressed to me that that’s the kind of situation he wants to be in for his last two years of eligibility. For his future, he may be right.
This is a huge surprise to the BBN. Wiltjer was going to be a big contributor his junior season at Kentucky, in what is expected to be a competitive year for the Wildcats.