Wiltjer transferring to Gonzaga

Kyle Wiltjer is transferring to Gonzaga, multiple media outlets are reporting Friday afternoon.

Earlier this year, Wiltjer said via social media that he would explore a transfer in order to signd find a “significant role” elsewhere.

A Wiltjer transfer was immediately linked to Gonzaga, which had at least three obvious attractions:

— It was in the northwest, thus closer to home. Wiltjer is from Portland, Ore.

— Earlier this year Gonzaga had twice tried to recruit power forward transfers in Mike Moser of UNLV and Josh Davis of Tulane. Those players transferred to Oregon and San Diego State, respectively.

— Gonzaga had a proven record of transforming role playing big men into stars. Kelly Olynyk did not average as much as six points or four rebounds in his first two seasons for Gonzaga. After redshirting a season, he transformed himself into a first-round pick in this year’s NBA Draft.

Wiltjer played on the Canadian development national team earlier this month with Gonzaga guard Kevin Pangos,

Wiltjer made a recruiting visit to Gonzaga after posting his intention to explore a transfer.

A 2011 McDonald’s All-American, Wiltjer made 10 starts in 73 career games at Kentucky. He earned SEC Sixth Man of the Year honors after averaging 10.2 points and 4.2 rebounds as a sophomore this past season.

Coincidentally or not, Wiltjer transfers after the arrival of a UK recruiting class that includes six McDonald’s All-Americans.

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#1 Jason on 07.19.13 at 9:54 pm

Kyle made the right decision. He will be able to sit out a year and focus on getting stronger, and then he will have 2 years to showcase his talents at Gonzaga. If he works hard he will make it in the NBA. UK fans should wish him well. He helped the team win a national championship in 2012. Now it’s time to use that extra scholarship to bring in Dante Exum, who could be eligible to play after Jan. 1.