Kyle Wiltjer Is Rooting for Kentucky…Until They Meet Gonzaga

WiltjerNEW YORK — Kyle Wiltjer is a high-scoring forward and an integral member of a team that some believe can win the NCAA championship come April.

Two years ago, that description might have summed up Wiltjer’s role at Kentucky.

But now that he’s found a new home at Gonzaga, the 6-foot-10 Wiltjer seems to fit in perfectly with his new team.

In two games here at the NIT Preseason Tip-Off, he combined to score 40 points and grab nine rebounds en route to being named to the All-Tournament Team. The No. 10 Zags beat St. John’s, 73-66, Friday night at Madison Square Garden to win the NIT championship.

“It was a good test for us, it was our first real road game,” Wiltjer, averaging 16.8 points and 5.2 boards on the season, told me in the Knicks locker room, which doubled as the Gonzaga dressing room this week. “It would’ve been nice to win by more, but I think it was a good test for us and I think that’s what we needed.” To read more of this story, click here

Gonzaga’s Perkins Out Indefinitely With Broken Jaw (UPDATED)

NEW YORK — Gonzaga freshman guard Josh Perkins is out indefinitely with a broken jaw after being kicked in the head near the end of the No. 10 Bulldogs’ 88-76 win over Georgia Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden.

He will have his jaw wired shut due to the fracture and is ruled out indefinitely. There is no timetable for his return.

Gonzaga will meet St. John’s Friday in the NIT Season Tip-Off championship game at Madison Square Garden.

“We are praying for a speedy recovery for Josh,” head coach Mark Few said. “He’s a tough kid, and in good spirits today. We know he’ll be eager to get back on the court as soon as he can be.” To read more of this story, click here

Josh Perkins to Gonzaga

 

As expected, Huntington (W.V.) Prep point guard Josh Perkins committed to Gonzaga on Saturday morning.

“Officially committed to university of Gonzaga!!” he Tweeted.

The 6-foot-2 point guard also considered UCLA and Minnesota.

“Gonzaga has been there from day one,” Randy Perkins, Josh’s father, told SNY.tv this summer.

“There’s something to be said for being there from day one. When Josh is interviewed the first thing out of his mouth is he wants a coach to be there both on and off the court for him. For that, Gonzaga rates really high.”

“Coach [Mark] Few’s been there since day one. He’s at every game. Josh is really excited when he sees the head coach there.” To read more of this story, click here

Perkins to Announce Saturday; All Signs Point to Gonzaga

 

Huntington (W.V.) Prep point guard Josh Perkins will announce his college choice on Saturday in Colorado and all signs point to him landing at Gonzaga, multiple sources close to the recruitment told SNY.tv.

Perkins had initially listed a five of Gonzaga, UCLA, Minnesota, UConn and Kentucky.

Kentucky never offered the 6-foot-2 point guard, and he never ended up taking a visit to UConn. To read more of this story, click here

Is Wiltjer the Next Olynyk?

Kyle Wiltjer’s transfer to Gonzaga from Kentucky raises the parallel between himself and Kelly Olynyk.

Zags coach Mark Few told ESPN.com he thinks Wiltjer could follow in Olynyk’s footsteps after sitting out the upcoming season.

That, of course, would be an ideal situation for Wiltjer, considering Olynyk was the No. 13 pick in this year’s NBA Draft. To read more of this story, click here

Kyle Wiltjer to Gonzaga

Kyle WiltjerWASHINGTON, D.C. — In the worst kept secret in college basketball, Kentucky’s Kyle Wiltjer is transferring to Gonzaga, sources confirmed to SNY.tv Friday.

The news was first reported by CBSSports.com

The 6-foot-10 Wiltjer recently visited Gonzaga. The Oregon native also considered Oregon and Oregon State, among others. He will have to sit a year per NCAA transfer regulations unless he obtains a waiver.

Wiltjer is friendly with Gonzaga junior guard Kevin Pangos, who are both are members of the Canadian National Team Development roster. To read more of this story, click here

NBA Scouts Flock to See Duke, Zags

NEW YORK – It isn’t exactly The Beatles playing Shea Stadium, but Duke and Gonzaga will draw a crowd Monday in Kansas City.

Some 43 NBA scouts have requested credentials for the O’Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic Championship Round to see players like Duke’s Kyrie Irving and Kyle Singler and Gonzaga’s Steven Gray.

“Forty-three is a lot,” said Ray Cella of the Gazelle Group, which is putting on the event Monday and Tuesday. “Obviously, when you get quality teams coming to one place everybody wants to come out.” To read more of this story, click here