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.