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

Kyle Wiltjer Leaves Kentucky for Gonzaga

Kentucky power forward Kyle Wiltjer announced that he’ll be leaving the Wildcats to play for the Gonzaga Bulldogs, a move that has been about a month in the making.

Wiltjer, a 6-10 junior, said that playing on the Canadian national development team earlier this summer made him realize he wanted to attend a school where he could have “a more significant role” on the court. Wiltjer, though 15th on Kentucky’s all-time three-point percentage list, averaged only 17 minutes a game for the Wildcats.

Kentucky coach John Calipari addressed the potentiality of Wiltjer leaving the program last month (via USA Today Sports):

After playing with Canada, Kyle feels like he could have a more prominent role in another program than he might have with us next season. 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.

If he does choose to go somewhere else, that school will be very lucky.

[Source: USA Today Sports]

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