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Kyle Wiltjer puts up a hook shot against Radford. (Ben Kleppinger photo)

Kyle Wiltjer puts up a hook shot against Radford. (Ben Kleppinger photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

CBS Sports and ESPN have confirmed that Kentucky junior forward Kyle Wiltjer is transferring to Gonzaga, the school many thought he might choose when both Wiltjer and UK coach John Calipari released statements previously that he was considering a transfer.

There has been no official announcement from UK yet, but it gets Wiltjer back to a program he knows well on the west coast and one that has used players with similar skills to star in its system.

Wiltjer was the SEC Sixth Man of the Year and has made 90 3-pointers the last two seasons. However, the former McDonald’s All-American figured to be no more than a potential role player off the bench behind Julius Randle, Alex Poythress, Willie Cauley-Stein, Dakari Johnson and maybe even Marcus Lee this year.

This lets him transfer, work to improveĀ  his strength and quickness, and then have a chance to play far more minutes as a junior.

7 Responses to Kyle Wiltjer’s transfer to Gonzaga not unexpected

  • PHILLIP BARKER says:

    Good luck to you Kyle…thanks for helping UK win number 8. You conducted yourself well and we’ll miss you. Look at that ring and always remember the good times.

  • Jim Boyers says:

    Oh well. Good luck to you Kyle. Thanks for your service to BBN and I hope you have success at Gonzaga.

    Kyle never was the best fit for Cal’s system. He was sort of “square peg in round hole” like. He is much better suited for the type of game that Gonzaga plays. He will no doubt thrive in that system, though I don’t know that it will lead to an NBA-worthy endeavor. He still has many miles to go to reach that plateau.

  • Happy for Kyle, proud of his contributions at Kentucky…..You earned your Ring, Brother. Now, go show it off to your New Brothers and help motivate them….Hope we play you Guys ! Best to you Kyle….

  • LindaS says:

    Good luck Kyle. Will miss you but so understand where you are coming from. Keep that ring shiny and do show it off. It is very special!

  • Larry Pup says:

    May you find what you are looking for Kyle. I think you are making a mistake, but BBN will always hold you in our hearts. I wish you all the best.

  • goUKats says:

    I find it ironic that Kyle chose UK to be around .play with ,and compete against elite players,now he is apparently transferring because he is not up to the challenge.Too bad,because he could have he could have been a capable member of the team.

  • King Ghidora says:

    Kyle you will be missed. Good luck though. I had hoped you would return but you have to do what’s right for you. We understand that. We’re just selfish and wanted you to stay in the BBN. Of course we want to win the title every year too and have every player drafted #1. Obviously that can’t happen. :)

    Thanks for helping bring home another trophy to Lexington.

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