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Gonzaga might be the leader for Kyle Wiltjer’s services

Kyle Wiltjer, Mike McFadden

Kyle Wiltjer’s ready to go (AP Photo)

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One of the biggest stories off the college basketball offseason recently has been the late transfer of Kyle Wiltjer. Now there are reports that his new destination could already be decided.

Wiltjer, who averaged 10.2 points and 4.2 rebounds for Kentucky last season, is a Pacific Northwest kid for Portland, and he may make his way back to the region, with Gonzaga reportedly being the top team on his list.

Says Adam Zagoria of ZagsBlog.com

“Gonzaga,” one coach at another school trying to recruit him said.

The 6-foot-10 Wiltjer visited the Gonzaga campus this week, ESPN.com reported.


With the transfer of Houston’s James Young to Oregon, it’s unlikely Wiltjer lands in his home state at Oregon, according to the report.

Looks like Wiltjer already has the support of Bulldogs’ point guard Kevin Pangos.

“I told him obviously I would love to have him at Gonzaga if he chose to leave Kentucky, but I’m not gonna pressure him too much. He’s my friend and whatever decision he makes, he has to live with. I hope he comes back and to play with him, but we’ll see.”

Wiltjer left the Wildcats in search of a more prominent role at another high-major program. With Gonzaga losing Elias Harris and Kelly Olynyk, Wiltjer’s size and outside shooting ability could help fill the talent gaps left by them.

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