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Wiltjer leaving Lexington

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Kentucky forward Kyle Wiltjer is transferring to find a "significant" role elsewhere.

The 6-foot-10 Wiltjer played with the Canadian national team this summer, posted a letter on Kentucky's athletic department website Monday afternoon, saying he will 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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