Wiltjer transferring to Gonzaga
After much consideration, Kyle Wiltjer is indeed transferring to Gonzaga. Wiltjer confirmed the move Friday afternoon via Twitter after weeks of deliberation
After much consideration, Kyle Wiltjer is indeed transferring to Gonzaga.
Wiltjer confirmed the move Friday afternoon via Twitter after weeks of deliberation. Wiltjer originally announced he was considering a transfer in a letter to the Big Blue Nation on June 24. In that letter, Wiltjer said that he had re-adjusted his goals.
“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,” Wiltjer wrote. ” Coach Cal has been everything I expected him to be, as I have felt very comfortable talking with him about my situation. I cannot stress enough how supportive Coach has been during this period. He is more than a coach to me, and for that I am forever grateful.”
Wiltjer confirmed the news Friday with a tweet thanking the Big Blue Nation.
“The last two years at UK have been a valuable experience and I’m very grateful for them,” Wiltjer tweeted. “Even though I’m leaving the program, Coach Cal and I will continue our relationship and I will look to him for advice. He is more than just a coach to me. I have made many friends here and I plan to come back. My heart will always be in Lex.”
Like he wrote when Wiltjer first approached him about a possible transfer, John Calipari supported the decision.
“I’m saddened that Kyle Wiltjer is leaving the program, but if he thinks it’s in his best interest to go somewhere else, I completely support his decision,” Calipari posted on his Twitter and Facebook pages. “Here is what I sent Kyle after he told me of his final decision: ‘All’s good. Mrs. Cal and I are sad and disappointed but accept your decision. Thank you for helping us win a national title and working so hard for me the last two years. Go prove me right! You can play!! I will be here for you if you need me. Love you, kid.’ Kyle will always be a part of the #BBN.”
Wiltjer played two seasons for Kentucky, helping the Wildcats to the 2012 national championship as a key player off the bench. Last season, he averaged 10.2 points and 4.2 rebounds while hitting 55 3-pointers en route to Southeastern Conference Sixth Man of the Year honors.