UK announced Tuesday that three scholarship players will not be back on the team next season.
The three were A.J. Stewart, Donald Williams and Jared Carter.
An earlier version of this blog incorrectly listed DeAndre Liggins as one of the three.
Stewart played sparingly for two seasons at UK. He’ll have two seasons of eligibility remaining.
Williams did not play at all as a freshman, which generated speculation about a redshirt season.
Carter missed almost all of a season because of shoulder surgery. He could have applied for a medical redshirt season in 2009-10. But that will not happen.
Here are reactions from the three players, as supplied by UK.
Carter, a 7-2 senior, will not seek a fifth year, after sitting out the majority of the 2006-07 season due to a shoulder injury. The Georgetown, Ky., native finished his career with the Wildcats averaging 1.0 points and 1.1 rebounds in 42 games.
“I’ve enjoyed my experience at UK and will remember all the people and players I’ve met along the way, especially Mr. Keightley,” said Carter. “I’m looking forward to moving on with my life and am excited to see what professional opportunities await me.”
Stewart and Williams are both seeking a transfer. Stewart, a 6-7 sophomore, averaged 2.0 points and 1.5 rebounds this season. He shot 82 percent from the free throw line, while averaging 5.7 minutes per game.
“I appreciate Coach Calipari and the staff being truthful with me,” said Stewart. “I want to further my career both academically and athletically at a school where more playing time is available. I know that coach will do anything possible to find a great situation for me.”
Williams, a 6-3 freshman, did not see any action in 2009, his freshman season.
“My time at Kentucky was a great experience,” said Williams. “I developed great friendships with my teammates; the environment was great; the fans showed us a lot of love; my teachers were great. It was just a good experience for me and a wonderful opportunity to improve myself, being around different guys from different areas. Even though I had to sit out this year, I would have liked to have played and helped, but with coach leaving, sometimes it just happens that way.”