Kentucky freshman Kahlil Whitney announced on Friday he is leaving the Kentucky basketball program.
Whitney, a former McDonald’s All-American, watched his minutes decrease the last few weeks, playing a total of 43 minutes in the Wildcats last seven games.
Whitney didn’t mention transferring in his statement about leaving but if he chooses to do so, UK is granting him his full release.
Kentucky coach John Calipari had the following to say about Whitney’s decision.
“First and foremost, Kahlil is a great kid,” UK head coach John Calipari said. “This is tough for me because Kahlil is a tremendous person who is going to do great things. I certainly don’t want to see him go because I wanted to continue to coach him, but I understand his decision and, as we always do here, will support him in whatever way we can.
“As I told Kahlil today, I hope he goes on and does his thing and makes us all proud. I know he will stay in touch with us and I know our fans will continue to support him as he takes this next step.”