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June 26, 2013

AARON SNYDER: Big Blue embraces Yahtzee!

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ASHLAND — Wiltjer May Stay?

While it’s been reported that Kentucky forward Kyle Wiltjer will transfer, his open letter to the fans actually left some wiggle room. As in, he may be back in Wildcat blue next season.

Doubtful? Yes, considering he’s openly talking about moving on. But, here’s a segment of that letter:

“During this next year, I will be working on my body so that I am able to compete the way I know I can. I want to find a situation that will help me do this as well as play a more significant role, wherever that may be. Even though I might physically leave Lexington, I will never forget the support and kindness that everyone has shown my family and me.”

Calipari has made it clear that Wiltjer’s body has to change in order for his game to expand. Can he do that at Kentucky? Sure, considering everything he has it his disposal (facilities, trainers, etc.).

The question is what kind of playing time will he receive with the Wildcats as the big dogs roll in from high school. Not much. He’d probably go back to the 3-point specialist that he was for the 2012 title team.

That wouldn’t necessarily be bad for Kentucky, but it’d be a step back for the 6-10 Wiltjer.

The Oregon native will likely land somewhere on the Pacific coast, which makes sense. Gonzaga is a popular name being thrown around as a possible destination.

Cats Climbing

All four of Kentucky’s 2013 MLB Draft selections have inked professional contracts. Three have already made minor league debuts.

Corey Littrell, a fifth-round pick, signed with the Boston Red Sox. Trevor Gott, of Lexington, inked with the San Diego Padres. Jared Grundy, a left-hander, signed with the Oakland Athletics after being selected in the 10th round. Also, J.T. Riddle signed with the Miami Marlins.

Littrell has yet to make his debut.

AARON SNYDER can be reached at asnyder@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2664.

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