Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Kyle Wiltjer’s list of possible destinations will come into focus soon, a source close to the situation told SNY.tv.
“We’ll probably have a better idea in the next 48 hours,” the source said.
Gonzaga, Portland, Texas, Stanford, Oregon and Oregon State were listed as possible options by Andy Katz, and sources confirmed to SNY.tv that several of those schools were in the mix.
Wiltjer is from Oregon, so Oregon or Oregon State would be in-state options. The Ducks also feature his former Oakland Soldiers teammate, Dominic Artis. Gonzaga also has fellow Canadian Kevin Pangos.
“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 said in Monday’s statement. “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.”
On is Website, CoachCal.com, Kentucky coach John Calipari wrote that Wiltjer called him on Sunday upon returning from China where he played with the Canadian National Team.
“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. “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.
“I want our fans to know if Kyle does indeed leave, his academics are high enough that his transfer will not hurt our university. We all need to understand that he’s leaving on his own terms. We all want him back, but it’s not what we want; it’s what he wants, and that’s OK.”
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
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.