Kyle Wiltjer having second thoughts on Kentucky transfer?
What seemed like a foregone conclusion a week ago has a new wrinkle: Kyle Wiltjer isn't 100 percent sold on leaving Kentucky.
After Kyle Wiltjer wrote a letter to the Kentucky fans and Wildcats coach John Calipari made a statement on his website last week, it seemed that Wiltjer’s days in Lexington were numbered. There were no definite declarations, but the official decision seemed like a foregone conclusion.
Rumors of potential landing spots -- primarily Gonzaga -- immediately began to spread, and Wiltjer even received his release from Kentucky.
However, could Wiltjer 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.”
Wiltjer is leaving for the World University Games with the Canadian team. He won’t make a decision until he returns.
Another wrinkle in the process is the third option: Stay at Kentucky and 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 10.2 points last season, knocking down 36.7 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 will be at a premium in Kentucky’s frontcourt next season, as Willie Cauley-Stein and Alex Poythress return and five-star recruits Julius Randle, Dakari Johnson and Marcus Lee are getting welcomed into the fold. Five-star perimeter players Andrew Harrison, Aaron Harrison and James Young are also heading to Lexington.
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