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Kyle Wiltjer speaks

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Kyle Wiltjer has a message for UK basketball fans:

Dear BBN, this past month has been very emotional and challenging for me. Whether to transfer or not has been one of the toughest decisions of my life, so I would like to thank everyone for being so supportive through this process. I feel like in my basketball career I’m facing a make it or break it moment and the primary factor in this decision is transforming my body. I’m choosing to transfer to Gonzaga because i feel they have a proven plan in place to help develop players similar to me, which has seen great results. I believe with hard work I can maximize my development at Gonzaga. The last two years at UK have been a valuable experience and I’m very grateful for them. 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.

Thank you BBN,

Kyle Wiltjer


Good luck to you, Kyle.

Article written by Drew Franklin

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52 Comments for Kyle Wiltjer speaks

  1. PhilUK18
    5:27 pm July 19, 2013 Permalink

    So it sounds like he wants a program that holds its players hands through the process of becoming stronger. Apparently (and thankfully) UK doesn’t do that. Had he just hit the weight room more the last 2 years this wouldn’t be an issue I don’t think. Oh well. Best of luck to him.

  2. hellcat
    5:27 pm July 19, 2013 Permalink

    Classy thank you from a classy guy!

  3. Ridge Runner
    5:28 pm July 19, 2013 Permalink

    Good luck dude! Thx for helping us get #8.

  4. wardrobe malfunction
    5:28 pm July 19, 2013 Permalink

    Good luck Kyle, i wish you nothing but the best in all life offers you.

  5. Dutch
    5:28 pm July 19, 2013 Permalink

    good luck big fella

  6. JLP
    5:29 pm July 19, 2013 Permalink

    Best of luck, Kyle. Will miss your personality and smile.

  7. Reading Coach Cal's mind
    5:32 pm July 19, 2013 Permalink

    Best wishes to Kyle, a tough decision but the best one for him. This isn’t for everyone, Kyle toughed it out as long as he could. I still like my team, and we’ll be fine. Oh, and Dante Exum…Come on down!

  8. MemphisCat
    5:33 pm July 19, 2013 Permalink

    Good luck Kyle, I will miss your video’s and sharp shooting. I just wish you would have put in the effort the past 2 years to get stronger, I know UK has some very good strength coaches. When you return to Lexington to visit, you still will be welcomed.

  9. hersheyisabear
    5:34 pm July 19, 2013 Permalink

    I am overly bummed of Kyle leaving. Really liked this guy. Wish him the best but still wish you stuck around. Really hope he does not regret this huge decision.

  10. Bobbum man
    5:37 pm July 19, 2013 Permalink

    I hate to see him go, you can meet have too many guys who can shoot like he can…. That being said I guess I don’t understand his logic… If the most important thing is working on his body why not redshirt and dedicate yourself to that while continuing to compete against the best day in and day out. Also, exactly what plan is he speaking of? The Adam Morrison plan?

  11. Do whut?
    5:37 pm July 19, 2013 Permalink

    1) that’s seriously what you’re taking away from that letter?! Seriously?!

  12. Frew Drunklin
    5:38 pm July 19, 2013 Permalink

    Good luck big fella. I wish you the best.

  13. Korean Tacos
    5:40 pm July 19, 2013 Permalink

    Hate the decision, but understand it. Gonzaga doesn’t have the distractions Lex does. It also has down it for a player like Kyle. They could show him real world evidence. UK can’t. The problem with coming back to UK is that even he gets ripped, improves quickness, he still might get recruited over. There’s no guarantee in a year he’d get more playing time than he did this year, no matter how much he could bench press

  14. 44 Stitches
    5:40 pm July 19, 2013 Permalink

    Poor guy he’s going to regret this one day down the road I’m afraid.

  15. Chaz
    5:41 pm July 19, 2013 Permalink

    The Zags are getting a winner, the Cats are losing an experienced 6’10” forward that can shoot the lights out, and has a ring. I wish Kyle nothing but the best, and thanks Kyle, for the memories, especially 2012. I still wince every time I see that spill under the basket in the 2012 tourney

  16. bigblue4life
    5:41 pm July 19, 2013 Permalink

    good ritence, he a damn trader. he should go join wiggins and the other traders to bbn. we gonna bring home #9. go CATS

  17. kojo
    5:41 pm July 19, 2013 Permalink

    Thanks for a great two years Kyle. It will tough to see you suit up for someone else but which you all the best.

  18. kojo
    5:43 pm July 19, 2013 Permalink

    Kyle, please ignore any of the haters who are commenting. They are either trolls or fat ass back woods redneck MFers that haven’t ever played sports in their life.

  19. Pewn Dock Saints
    5:44 pm July 19, 2013 Permalink

    If this was truly about body development, he would still be at UK, because, well, he can develop his body ANYWHERE. It’s called a weight room. You go in several times a week, pick up really heavy things in a variety of ways, then consume large amounts of protein and amino acids & what not. This isn’t rocket science. I still think this is about being “the man” at a place where he can average 17-20 pts a game by running off screens and also not demanding super physical play.

    But whatever, I wish he would have stayed & wish him well. Just not buying the reason he’s throwing out there.

  20. RahRah
    5:50 pm July 19, 2013 Permalink

    Ritence…..traders….say WHAT????

    Good luck, Kyle. Thanks for your part in #8! I’ll be rooting for you. #BBNforever

  21. Hoho
    5:51 pm July 19, 2013 Permalink

    I like Kyle a lot and wish him the best, but totally disagree that they have a “proven plan to develop” players like him. Like Adam Morrison and other tall lanky white kids that we forget about, gonzaga is not the place to go for proven anything.

  22. Cats11
    5:53 pm July 19, 2013 Permalink

    It’s this simple. Kyle Wiljter is a good player but NOT good enough to play for the BBN. He is way to slow, weak mentally and too immature. He spent 50% of his off time making goofy videos instead of following in the footsteps of WALL,MKG, etc.. The guy is never going to thrive in the NBA he is the prototype European leauge player. The reason he is leaving is simply beacuse he knows he was 8th on the depth chart. Good luck too you Kyle but be sure not tell your teammates at Gonzaga you left your heart in Lexington, might not go over so well

  23. brain
    6:06 pm July 19, 2013 Permalink

    Good luck Kyle.

  24. mateotemprano
    6:11 pm July 19, 2013 Permalink

    go get ’em kyle.

    you’ll always be a cat!

  25. Cats1
    6:12 pm July 19, 2013 Permalink

    16….totally agree. He a dam pre Madonna. :-/

  26. Idiana Tom
    6:13 pm July 19, 2013 Permalink

    Never kept up with Gonzaga much but you can bet I will be rooting and pulling for em now. Best of luck Kyle, hate to see you go. God bless young man!

  27. Bradley
    6:15 pm July 19, 2013 Permalink

    He’s right. He needs to transform his body. Unfortunately for Kyle, the plan at Gonzaga to do that will also include really, really hard work. Until he’s willing to do that it doesn’t matter where he goes. He seems like a good kid though, so best of luck to him.

  28. Billy Ray
    6:15 pm July 19, 2013 Permalink

    Cal doesn’t know how to coach good white players.

  29. Steve-0
    6:17 pm July 19, 2013 Permalink

    Good luck Kyle. I hope you prove haters wrong and show them YOU know what’s best for YOU! Always be part of BBN for me. Thanks for the championship! ~Steve-0

  30. PhilUK18
    6:17 pm July 19, 2013 Permalink


    You’re either a moron or a troll. Which one is it?

  31. Hoptownsbeast
    6:32 pm July 19, 2013 Permalink

    I will be rooting for Gonzaga now anytime they are not playing UK! Good luck Kyle, show ’em what you can do! You are always a CAT in my book! You do you

  32. goodlucktoclassyguy
    6:46 pm July 19, 2013 Permalink

    Good luck to Kyle. He is a classy person who represented UK well. Wish him success and will always cheer for him! Will be rooting for Kyle and Gonzaga!

  33. BurnerTurner5
    7:22 pm July 19, 2013 Permalink

    28 Ever hear of Josh Harrelson?

  34. bg blue
    7:26 pm July 19, 2013 Permalink

    #28 What is Jorts? Isn’t he a good white players? What is Polson? He has improved so much last year. No matter how hard the coaches work on the players, ultimately it is the player who wants to put his mind to be what he could be.

  35. Cats,Cats,Cats
    7:31 pm July 19, 2013 Permalink

    Kyle, hate to see you leave BBN, but I wish you nothing but the best. Thank you for your part in bringing us #8.
    As for you trolls on here…………….we aren’t fooled.

  36. Ricky Bobby
    7:37 pm July 19, 2013 Permalink

    Well, there you have it BBN. A player that has come out and said the program he is leaving is not helping him develop his body. Before all of you guys say ‘it’s the player’s responsibility’….remember, you also say Cal is a motivator and great coach. Could it be….just possibly…that Cal isn’t able to develop players and therefore HAS to recruit the best only?? Or, is this an indictment on the conditioning coach? Hey, I’m a BBN guy, Go Cal, Go Cats, let’s get #9! However, I just like to look at my program with a critical eye sometimes. Call it self-scouting. It ain’t always roses ya know.

    7:39 pm July 19, 2013 Permalink

    Hate to see him leave. I think he is making a huge mistake leaving. He could be part of another championship team this year, and be the go to guy his senior year, especially considering 2014 is not going to be as strong a class as Cal has had in the past. But GL to you, Wiltjer.

  38. DerbyDemon
    7:43 pm July 19, 2013 Permalink

    If you cannot improve your body while at UK, you’re not going to do it anywhere. He had two years–suddenly he decides he wants to do what’s right for him? Whatever…

  39. Kev
    7:55 pm July 19, 2013 Permalink

    He was even slow with this. Weight room Kyle. Scared of competition and needs to be babied. Good luck. Sad. Going from a Cadillac to a scooter…..wasted talent….

  40. ransmith
    8:17 pm July 19, 2013 Permalink

    No one has a crystal ball. His decision is not based solely upon having a redshirt year of conditioning, but also what system he best fits in. Gonzaga’s offensive and defensive systems are in his and his family’s opinion the best situation for him. I hate to see him leave, but hope he is making the best decision.

    I wish the young man nothing but the best.

  41. Katdaddy
    8:35 pm July 19, 2013 Permalink

    Thanks Kyle for your part in the 2012 championship. Really hate to see you go. But lets be real. You are leaving because you are tired of cal getting on you about your poor defense and rebounding. Without hard work you are just carrying your flaws to zaga. If you can’t make it to the NBA at Kentucky you sure as hell can’t make it at Zaga.

  42. ukcats42301
    9:33 pm July 19, 2013 Permalink

    He had more than 2 full years to “transform his body” and it honestly looks like he’s never seen the weight room. If he didn’t take the initiative then with all the facilities at UK I doubt very seriously that he’s going to do it at Western White Boy University.

  43. ukcats42301
    9:46 pm July 19, 2013 Permalink

    25) & 16) I prefer to think of him as a Pre Debbie Gibson. 16) you’re a gentleman and a scholar. Your command of the English language is astonishing! Thank you for sharing. 🙂

  44. WiltjerWillBeMissed
    9:55 pm July 19, 2013 Permalink

    I think he end up being a stud at Gonzaga. He was meant to be a middle of the road talent at UK and served that position great. I will miss his silly antics off court, and that sweet 3 stroke. I wish him nothing but the best and will miss him. Thanks for hel

  45. Mc
    10:01 pm July 19, 2013 Permalink

    36) look at jorts. He was told to get it in gear, and he took accountability. It is up to the player to improve. Any competitor will tell you this. All coaches recruit the best players, but Cal gets many of them. Liggins would not have been drafted had he not played at UK. I believe Cal helped develop his game. Wiltjer had a great opportunity this year. He was penciled in to the 4 spot. However, his game regressed and the other teams went right at him. His shooting was inconsistent and he was a liability on defense. Read stories on Karl Towns, who’s skill set is similar to Kyle’s, and look at the difference in work ethic. A competitor puts in the work on their own. No excuses. I wish him the best, but it’s up to him to put in the work to improve. Not Cal, or now Mark Few. They can only encourage it. They can’t be there all the time.

  46. fdd
    10:07 pm July 19, 2013 Permalink

    As with Archie, do what’s best for you personally. Best of luck to Kyle and thank you for your contributions to BBN. The nonsense you read from the fatties sitting behind their computers knocking you is for one reason only…their own selfishness and wish that you would stay to help BBN cut the nets down again. Players first program.

  47. tippytoe
    10:25 pm July 19, 2013 Permalink

    #28 could be right. When the best white players we can come up with in Cal’s career is Jorts, (whom he was reluctant to play) and Polsen, that is not a great resume. I’m all for Cal,but it does make you think.

  48. mc
    10:51 pm July 19, 2013 Permalink

    47) or this could be a shocking revelation, but maybe there aren’t as many good white players, and calipari wants to recruit highly talented players. If it makes you feel better he did recruit Willis, and has an offer out to Luke Kennard in the class of 2015.

  49. 2Blue4u
    11:07 pm July 19, 2013 Permalink

    He’s a hard worker. He just hasn’t come into his own yet. Watch out. This kid will be off the chain in another year.

  50. nighthawkinthefans
    12:11 am July 20, 2013 Permalink

    49) What chain are you talking about? Coach Calipari has always promoted a players first agenda…..EOM

  51. Elkattio
    5:56 am July 20, 2013 Permalink

    I suppose not everyone is cut out to be a Darius Miller, but hey, Kyle has to do what is best for himself. Gonzaga will be a good fit for him and will probably land him a better draft spot than if he would stay with Kentucky.

  52. crazycatfan
    3:56 pm July 20, 2013 Permalink

    ALL THE BEST TO YOU KYLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We’ll be right there with you!!!