- Missouri Tigers - February 21, 2017 - 9:00 PM EST - Mizzou Arena, Columbia, Mo. - SEC Network
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.
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