Wiltjer leaving Kentucky for Gonzaga

Wiltjer leaving Kentucky for Gonzaga

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LEXINGTON, KY - DECEMBER 15: Kyle Wiltjer #33 of the Kentucky Wildcats celebrates with teammates after hitting a three-point basket against the Lipscomb Bisons during the game at Rupp Arena on December 15, 2012 in Lexington, Kentucky. Kentucky won 88-50. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

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by KREM 2 Sports

KREM.com

Posted on July 19, 2013 at 3:32 PM

Updated Friday, Jul 19 at 3:32 PM

SPOKANE -- The Zags have landed another transfer from a big name program, as Portland native Kyle Wiltjer has decided to leave Kentucky and transfer to Gonzaga.

CBSSports.com reported the news Thursday afternoon. Wiltjer followed with a message to Kentucky fans on Twitter, saying in part:

"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."

His message seems to indicate that he will follow in the footsteps of Kelly Olynyk, who went from being primarily a perimeter oriented 7-footer, to a stronger, more balanced player that went on to win WCC Player of the Year and become a lottery pick in the 2013 NBA Draft.

Wiltjer earned SEC Sixth Man of the Year as a sophomore averaging 10.2 points and 4.2 rebounds. The 6-foot-10-inch forward hit 36.7 percent of his three-point attempts.

He will sit out the 2013-2014 season per the NCAA's transfer rules.

As a freshman Wiltjer had a hand in Kentucky's National Championship run.

The 2011 McDonald's All-American considered Gonzaga before choosing the Wildcats out of high school.

Mark Few is adding two Big East transfers in 2013 - former Providence guard Gerard Coleman, and former Louisville forward Angel Nunez.

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