Kyle Wiltjer transfer from Kentucky Wildcats still not certain

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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

What we thought was a done deal is still not done apparently. From all indications, Kyle Wiltjer still has not made up his mind whether to transfer or not from the Kentucky Wildcats.


Calipari, at Kentucky Speedway on Saturday to drive the pace car prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, said he was in contact with Wiltjer, who is in Canada training with the men’s national team.

“I don’t know (if he’ll be back),” Calipari said. “He and I texted each other today, so I’ll probably text him to see where he is with things.”


Also, over the weekend, Wiltjer’s father had some comments on the transfer and also indicated that his son was still a Wildcat:


“Kyle is still a Kentucky Wildcat,” Greg Wiltjer told the newspaper. “He loves being a Kentucky Wildcat. He’s not 100 percent committed to transferring.”


That said, the odds are that Wiltjer will eventually transfer, but the decision seems to be far from done.   Look for this to sort itself out the next few weeks.


Another thing that sorted itself out was the arrival of the Harrisons on campus on Friday. James Young will arrive soon.  Despite the delays, there is no need for  worry and freaking out among the Big Blue Nation, but Larry Vaught tells us there is nothing to be concerned about.


But there’s one thing not to worry about — twins Aaron and Andrew Harrison along with James Young are going to be part of the team. No, they have not been on campus full-time like freshmen Dakari Johnson, Marcus Lee, Randle, Derek Willis and Dominique Hawkins. However, there’s no reason to panic or over analyze what is wrong.

“The school year was longer for them. But the other thing is, they had some things to finish up academically,” UK coach John Calipari said earlier this week. “They’ll be fine and be here. But I’m excited about those three. I wish they would have been here for the eight-week (summer school session), but it’s happened before with Nerlens (Noel) and some other guys we’ve had (in previous years). They’ve had things to finish up, but they’re fine.”

Believe him.

Not every high school finishes the school year at the same time. That’s part of the problem with the trio. But there’s no reason to worry about their eligibility like Florida is having to do — and has admitted — with McDonald’s All-American Chris Walker right now. All three are going to be cleared to play and all three are going to play huge roles.


Mar 15, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari watches his team play against the Vanderbilt Commodores during the quarterfinals of the SEC tournament at Bridgestone Arena. The Commodores beat the Wildcats 64-48. Mandatory Credit: Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports

With Kentucky already having offered 2014 PG’s Tyus Jones and Emmanuel Mudiay, we have not heard that much buzz on Josh Perkins. Perkins, the 28th best player in 2014 is no slouch, and seems to really like UK and will visit UK before he makes his decision on August 25.


Huntington (W.V.) Prep point guard Josh Perkins will make his college announcement Aug. 25, but not before he takes visits to Kentucky and UConn, his father told Saturday night.

“He’s comfortable enough with all the information he has and the visits coming up so he can put all his focus on the prep school,” Randy Perkins said in regards to his son’s move to Huntington from Aurora (Co.) Regis Jesuit.

The elder Perkins said his son — the Rivals No. 28 player in the Class of 2014 — is considering Kentucky, UConn, Gonzaga, UCLA, USC and Minnesota and that all but Kentucky have offered.


It sounds as if Kentucky offered, Perkins would jump at the chance to be a Wildcat.


Randy said his son would likely visit Kentucky sometime in August because it is only about an hour and 20 minutes from Huntington Prep. He is due at Huntington in early August.

“It’s a kid’s dream to play for Coach [John] Calipari and play for Kentucky,” Randy said. “However, if or when the offer comes, he won’t make a decision until the dust settles.”


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