Kyle Wiltjer will not transfer from Kentucky Wildcats basketball team

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Mar 15, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; Kentucky Wildcats forward Kyle Wiltjer (33) keeps the ball away from Vanderbilt Commodores forward Rod Odom (0) during the quarterfinals of the SEC tournament at Bridgestone Arena. Vanderbilt won 64-48. Mandatory Credit: Joshua Lindsey-USA TODAY Sports

Like we have said too many times, don’t believe the Twitter rumors. Because one of the biggest one over the last couple of weeks has been refuted. Kyle Wiltjer will NOT be transferring from the University of Kentucky and this information comes directly from his Twitter account:


So there ya go ….

March 2, 2013; Fayetteville, AR, USA; Kentucky Wildcats guard Jarrod Polson (5) calls a play during a game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Bud Walton Arena. Arkansas defeated Kentucky 73-60. Mandatory Credit: Beth Hall-USA TODAY Sports

With the news of Ryan Harrow transferring, the Kentucky scholarship situation is almost resolved for the 2013-14 season. As of this writing, Kentucky has 12 scholarships committed for next season. You have five returning players (Noel, Wiltjer, Poythress, Goodin, WCS) and the seven incoming freshmen. That is twelve of the thirteen scholarships.

Kentucky has two scholarships available to Andrew Wiggins and Aaron Gordon. It is highly unlikely the get both players but if they get Andrew Wiggins, their scholarships are full. IF they get neither, you would assume Dominique Hawkins gets the spot. Even if Kentucky signs Wiggins, Nerlens Noel will more than likely go to the NBA, along with maybe one more player.

The only big questions are Jon Hood and Jarrod Polson. Hood has exhausted his four-year scholarship and could be eligible for another IF he goes to grad school. Polson is also graduating this year. So he too, would have to go the grad school route IF he wants to return. And I would assume, both may walk on if there are no scholarships available. If enough players depart for the NBA, they could get an athletic scholarship … or possible get an academic scholarship.

So the other big question for Kentucky fans is … where will Andrew Wiggins go? Kentucky has a half dozen players on the McDonalds All American rosters and they seem to have no clue about Wiggins intentions:


Don’t bother asking any of Kentucky’s half-dozen McDonald’s All-Americans. They don’t know any more than the rest of us.

“I have no clue,” James Young told the Herald-Leader. “I try not to talk to him about it, because everyone’s always surrounding him. It’s his decision, so I’m pretty sure he’ll make the right one.”


For this week, at least, he’ll be teammates with UK commitments Julius Randle and Dakari Johnson.

The trio practiced together for the first time Sunday, but Randle didn’t learn anything from a day spent with Wiggins.

“He’s a quiet guy, so I have no clue,” he said. “I think he’d fit well at Kentucky if he wants to come. But if he doesn’t, I still think we’ll be fine.”

The country’s No. 1 recruiting class — and possibly the best ever — would only get stronger with a commitment from Wiggins. But don’t expect much lobbying this week in Chicago.

Aaron Harrison said he “hated it” when people constantly asked about his recruitment and tried to persuade him to go to one school or another.

Marcus Lee felt the same way.

“I don’t even ask him, because I know there’s a thousand people asking him daily,” Lee said. “I know how that feels when people ask you constantly. So I’m like, ‘Let me not add to that hell.’”


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