Ore. native Wiltjer leaving Wildcats for 'significant' role elsewhere

Ore. native Wiltjer leaving Wildcats for 'significant' role elsewhere

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NEW ORLEANS, LA - MARCH 31: Kyle Wiltjer #33 of the Kentucky Wildcats reacts after making a three-pointer in the first half against the Louisville Cardinals during the National Semifinal game of the 2012 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on March 31, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

kgw.com

Posted on June 24, 2013 at 4:12 PM

Updated Monday, Jun 24 at 4:19 PM

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Kentucky Wildcats forward Kyle Wiltjer, an Oregon native, is transferring to find a "significant" role elsewhere.

The 6-foot-10 Wiltjer, who played with the Canadian national team this summer, posted a letter on Kentucky's athletic department website Monday afternoon, which said he would seek a situation to help him "compete the way I know I can. ... wherever that may be."

He had announced in April he would return to Kentucky for his junior season. Wiltjer said Monday he has some "new and adjusted goals."

Wildcats coach John Calipari expressed disappointment over Wiltjer's decision but wished him luck on his website.

The Oregon native, whose father is a Canadian, was named the Southeastern Conference's top reserve after averaging 10.2 points and 4.2 rebounds per game.

Kentucky has eight incoming freshmen, including six McDonald's All-Americans.

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