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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 improve his strength and quickness, and then have a chance to play far more minutes as a junior.