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Thursday / February 23.

Kentucky’s Kyle Wiltjer ‘Exploring Options’

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Kyle Wiltjer, a 6-foot-10 rising junior forward, is considering leaving Kentucky, he announced Monday.

“Even though I might physically leave Lexington, I will never forget the support and kindness that everyone has shown my family and me,” he wrote in this letter. “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.”

Kentucky coach John Calipari seemed to indicate there was a chance Wiltjer could return when he Tweeted: “Whatever Kyle chooses – and I still hope he ends up back with us – I wish him and his family the best of luck.”

Wiltjer averaged 10.2 points and 4.2 rebounds last season, but Kentucky has slew of highly touted prospects coming into the frontcourt.

That group is led by Julius Randle, the projected No. 2 pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, as well as Dakari Johnson, Marcus Lee and Derek Willis.

Kentucky also adds Andrew and Aaron Harrison in the backcourt. Both are projected as 2014 first-round picks.

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Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.