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Gonzaga might be the leader for Kyle Wiltjer’s services

Jun 30, 2013, 11:30 AM EDT

Kyle Wiltjer, Mike McFadden AP

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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  1. florida727 - Jul 1, 2013 at 9:48 AM

    He’s a nice player but he’ll never make it at the NBA level. Why leave Kentucky? Unless of course their incoming class threatens to take away minutes on the floor. Then he should transfer. Might as well go where you’re assured of playing more.

  2. jjohnb5393 - Jul 1, 2013 at 12:12 PM

    He actually said today he is considering redshirting at UK one year, getting stronger and playing there ,still…..

    • florida727 - Jul 2, 2013 at 12:35 PM

      If I’m him, my concern would be there’s the (perceived) revolving door of incoming talent that Calipari always seems to snag, and is there ever going to be an assurance of him getting a lot of minutes? When you’re potentially staring down the proverbial barrel of the end of your college career, the tendency is to “look out for #1″. Hope he does whatever is best for him regardless. Seems like a good kid.

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