UK's roster for 2009-2010 getting clearer With today's announcement that senior Jared Carter, sophomore A.J. Stewart and freshman Donald Williams will not be returning for the Wildcats the scholarship and roster situation grows clearer.
Carter will not request a medical redshirt, thereby choosing not to seek a fifth year of eligibility. Carter would have likely been granted a medical hardship waiver had he opted to apply for one. Carter plans to explore options of playing professionally. With the large number of professional and semi-professional leagues around the world Carter is likely going to need to leave the country to play professionally. As a graduated senior Carter also has the option of playing collegiately elsewhere without sitting out a season.
"I've enjoyed my experience at UK and will remember all the people and players I've met along the way, especially Mr. Keightley," said Carter. "I'm looking forward to moving on with my life and am excited to see what professional opportunities await me."
Stewart's opting to leave Kentucky comes as no surprise, following two seasons of ups and downs, and plenty of time in the doghouse of former coach Billy Gillispie. With highly touted freshmen coming in and Matt Pilgrim set to join the junior class after sitting out last season there didn't appear to be more playing time in Stewart's future at Kentucky.
Stewart did not divulge his immediate plans, other than to find a school where more playing time would be available, indicating that Kentucky coach John Calipari will be assisting him in locating a destination to finish his career.
In a released statement Stewart said, "I appreciate Coach Calipari and the staff being truthful with me. I want to further my career both academically and athletically at a school where more playing time is available. I know that coach will do anything possible to find a great situation for me."
Williams did not play last season, which led me to speculate he was being redshirted by Gillispie. At the time I inquired about a redshirt season for Williams UK's SID, DeWayne Peevey, indicated that Gillispie had not ruled out playing Williams if it was deemed necessary.
In the release Williams stated, "My time at Kentucky was a great experience. I developed great friendships with my teammates; the environment was great; the fans showed us a lot of love; my teachers were great. It was just a good experience for me and a wonderful opportunity to improve myself, being around different guys from different areas. Even though I had to sit out this year, I would have liked to have played and helped, but with coach leaving, sometimes it just happens that way."
Williams stands to lose a year of eligibility if he transfers to a Division 1 school, as he would have to sit out and then have only three years to play. An option Williams could choose to maximize his playing time would be to attend a junior college and play at the juco level next season, then transfer to a Division 1 school and have three years of eligibility remaining.
Kentucky's current scholarship situation breaks down as follows:
This still leaves the Wildcats one over the limit of thirteen. This also assumes that Jodie Meeks opts to remain in the NBA draft, which is far from a sure thing. Meeks is currently forecast as a second round draft pick, but hopes to improve his stock in workouts.
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