Wiltjer, who averaged 10.2 points and 23.8 minutes a game as a sophomore last season, announced in a letter he plans to spend the next year working to develop his body and improve his game.
“I want to find a situation that will help me do this as well as play a more significant role, wherever that may be,” Wiltjer wrote. “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.”
Wiltjer was expected to see a reduced role next season with the nation’s No. 1 signing class arriving in Lexington. But Kentucky will have to replace the outside shooting of Wiltjer, who made 36.7 percent of his 3-point attempts last season.
Kentucky coach John Calipari expressed disappointment in Wiltjer’s decision but left open the possibility of Wiltjer returning to the Wildcats.
“Kyle’s choice to explore options at another school disappoints me, but it’s his decision at the end of the day, and I fully support his decision,” Calipari wrote on his website. “I would love for him to go through this process and return to us, but I will support him and help him in any way I can. He’s a terrific young man, a great student, a tremendous basketball player and an excellent teammate. If he does choose to go somewhere else, that school will be very lucky.”