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

Kentucky Wildcats Basketball Loses Kyle Wiltjer to Gonzaga


Media outlets are reporting that Kentucky Wildcats forward Kyle Wiltjer is transferring to Gonzaga.

Wiltjer, a 6-foot-9, 239-pounder, was a Top 25 recruit coming out of Beaverton, Oregon, and a 2011 McDonald’s All-American. Wiltjer made 10 starts in 73 career games at Kentucky. He earned SEC Sixth Man of the Year honors after averaging 10.2 points and 4.2 rebounds as a sophomore this past season.
Gonzaga appeared to be the likely landing spot for Wiltjer from the moment he began to investigate a transfer, as they are located in Spokane, Washington, which isn’t far from his home in Portland. He visited the school in June, and played on the Canadian National team with Gonzaga guard Kevin Pangos.

Wiltjer appeared to be on the way out after he informed John Calipari that he was looking  potential transfer destinations, and Calipari already talked about it, meaning the decision to transfer was likely already made:

He expressed to me that that’s the kind of situation he wants to be in for his last two years of eligibility. For his future, he may be right.

In my mind, Kyle is going to be a professional player as soon as his body begins to change. He has a mentality, a skill set and the length to be a pro, but the maturity of his body has not caught up with the rest of his game yet. He knows that and he’s working on that.


Wiltjer previously had this to say about his future:

Heading into college my dream was to win a National Championship and compete with and play against the best players in the country. Without a doubt, I accomplished both of these goals in my two years at Kentucky. Now as I head into my junior year, I recognize that my new and adjusted goals require me to make some very difficult upcoming decisions.

During this next year, I will be working on my body so that I am able to compete the way I know I can.  I want to find a situation that will help me do this as well as play a more significant role, wherever that may be. Even though I might physically leave Lexington, I will never forget the support and kindness that everyone has shown my family and me.  It is difficult to put into words how hard it is to possibly leave BBN, yet I am confident that whatever I choose, I will give it my all. Regardless, I will always bleed blue and will never forget these amazing last two years at Kentucky.


Good luck to Kyle in his future endeavors, and hopefully he can find what he’s seeking at Gonzaga.

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