According to UK, Willie Cauley-Stein will return to the team next season, while Archie Goodwin will enter the NBA Draft. Alex Poythress is currently still deciding between the two. Here are the reactions from Willie, Archie and Cal:
Willie Cauley-Stein: “I’m looking forward to continuing to develop as an all-around player. I’m also excited for the opportunity to try and win a national championship.”
Archie Goodwin: “This is something I’ve dreamed about my entire life and I feel like the opportunity is there for me to play at the next level. I will stay in Lexington to finish my schoolwork this semester before continuing to pursue my dream. I’ve loved my time at UK and want to thank Coach Cal, the staff and my teammates for helping me get where I am. I especially want to thank the Big Blue Nation for all their support.”
Archie has not signed with an agent, which means he could change his mind by April 16th, the date by which players must withdraw their name or lose their eligibility.
John Calipari: “I’m excited that Willie and Kyle have decided to return for next season. When we talk about a players-first program, our goal is for each player to reach his dreams. Willie and Kyle believe it is in their best interest to return to Kentucky next season to achieve those dreams, and I fully support their decisions.
“Although I really wanted Archie to return for his sophomore season, I fully support him choosing to pursue his dreams. He has the drive and desire to be great and I will continue to do everything I can to make sure he succeeds in life both on and off the court.
“I believe, with another year of hard work and competition, they all can take their games to the next level. I look forward to seeing them all grow into young men.”
As we learned last night, Kyle Wiltjer will not transfer. He released this statement through the school today:
“I’m so excited about the possibilities of next season. I love Coach Cal and the staff, the University of Kentucky and the Big Blue Nation. After talking with Coach and the staff, I understand what I need to do. I want to be a part of another championship. This summer I’m going to work the hardest I’ve ever worked to come back next season better and stronger to help my team fight for number nine.”
UK says that additional announcements regarding remaining players will be announced at a later date.