Kyle Wiltjer is considering a transfer, Kentucky Coach John Calipari announced this afternoon.
Wiltjer wants a “more prominent role,” Calipari said in a website posting. Of course, UK is adding six McDonald’s All-Americans this coming season, which will threaten all players’ playing time.
Wiltjer can be a professional player, the UK coach said. But Wiltjer must get stronger to reach that goal.
UK posted a letter from Wiltjer to UK fans. In the letter, Wiltjer thanked Calipari for his support.
“Heading into college my dream was to win a National Championship and compete with and play against the best players in the country,” Wiltjer said in the letter. “Without a doubt, I accomplished both of these goals in my two years at Kentucky. Now as I head into my junior year, I recognize that my new and adjusted goals require me to make some very difficult upcoming decisions. Coach Cal has been everything I expected him to be, as I have felt very comfortable talking with him about my situation. I cannot stress enough how supportive Coach has been during this period. He is more than a coach to me, and for that I am forever grateful.
“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 Ime. 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.