Wiltjer's Transfer from UK Not Yet Official
By WestKyStar Staff
LEXINGTON, KY - Don’t look now, but Kyle Wiltjer may not be transferring from Kentucky after all. Last week Wiltjer wrote a letter to UK fans, stating he intended to transfer to a school where he could play a more significant role in the offense. Wiltjer received his release from Kentucky and those in the know assumed he would land at Gonzaga.
However, Wiltjer might be having second thoughts. According to an interview in the Portland Tribune, Wiltjer's father said nothing has been decided.
“Kyle is still a Kentucky Wildcat,” Greg Wiltjer told the paper. “He loves being a Kentucky Wildcat. He's not 100 percent committed to transferring.”
Greg Wiltjer said his son left for the World University Games with the Canadian team on Monday and won't make a decision until he returns. If he does decide to stay at Kentucky, Wiltjer may redshirt next season.
“The biggest time in Kyle's career lies in the 14 to 16 months ahead,” Greg Wiltjer said. “I'd 100 percent like him to devote the next year to working on his body, but it's his decision.”
Wiltjer averaged 10 points last season, knocking down 37 percent of his 3-point attempts. However, he was inconsistent for most of the second half of the season, scoring in double-figures just twice in the final nine games.
Minutes may be hard to come by in Kentucky's frontcourt next season with returning players Willie Cauley-Stein and Alex Poythress, plus five-star recruits Julius Randle, Dakari Johnson and Marcus Lee. Five-star perimeter players Andrew Harrison, Aaron Harrison and James Young are also expected to see significant playing time.