|No. 33 – Gonzaga Bulldogs|
|Position||Power forward / Center|
|League||West Coast Conference|
October 20, 1992 |
|Nationality||Canadian / American|
|Listed height||6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)|
|Listed weight||230 lb (104 kg)|
|High school||Jesuit (Beaverton, Oregon)|
|Career highlights and awards|
Kyle Wiltjer (born October 20, 1992) is a Canadian-American college basketball player for the Gonzaga Bulldogs. He spent two seasons with the University of Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball team before deciding to transfer before the 2013–14 season. Wiltjer is a 6-foot-10, 239-pound power forward/center. He was a 2011 McDonald's All-American, and the winner of the event's three-point contest. He holds dual U.S. and Canadian citizenship, and has committed himself to Canada internationally, playing for that country in international basketball competitions.
High school career
College recruiting and career
Wiltjer was ranked as the No. 18 recruit in the class of 2011 in the ESPNU 100, the No. 25 recruit by Rivals.com, and the No. 22 recruit by Scout.com. He chose to play basketball for the University of Kentucky Wildcats and coach John Calipari on August 28, 2010. He had also considered Kansas, California, Texas, Gonzaga, Georgia Tech, and Wake Forest.
Although he was a 5-star recruit according to all of the recruiting analysts, Kyle Wiltjer never started a game his freshman season at Kentucky, and did not play as many minutes as fellow freshmen Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, and Marquis Teague. He averaged only 11.3 MPG and 4.8 PPG, although his 3 point percentage was a noticeable 42.5%. The Kentucky Wildcats won the 2012 NCAA championship during Wiltjer's freshman year.
Wiltjer began the 2012–13 season as a starter. In his third game of the season, against Lafayette, he accumulated 23 points, 2 assists, and 4 rebounds. However, he would eventually settle in to an off-the-bench role, being named the SEC's Sixth Man of the Year.
In April 2013, he had announced he would remain at Kentucky for his junior season. However, he eventually changed his mind, posting a letter on Kentucky's official athletic website on June 23 indicating that he would transfer in order to "compete the way I know I can. ... wherever that may be." A later report indicated that Wiltjer had drawn interest from three of the four Division I programs in his home state of Oregon (Oregon, Oregon State, Portland), Gonzaga, Stanford, and Texas. According to that report, "he left the door open to return to Kentucky if he can't find the right situation." On July 19, multiple media outlets reported that Wiltjer had chosen Gonzaga. The transfer became official the next day, when Gonzaga received a signed copy of a financial aid agreement. After sitting out the 2013–14 season due to NCAA transfer rules, he will have two remaining seasons of eligibility.
Awards and honors
- 2011 McDonald's All-American team selection
- 2011 Jordan Brand Classic High School All-American team selection
- 2011 Nike Hoop Summit World team selection
- 2011 Gatorade Player of the Year - Oregon
- 2012 NCAA National Champion - Kentucky
- 2013 SEC Sixth Man of the Year
Kyle is the son of Greg, a Canadian former professional basketball player, and Carol Wiltjer. He is also brother to Jordan Adams, former WNBA player for the Minnesota Lynx
- Graves, Gary (June 23, 2013). "Kentucky F Kyle Wiltjer says he is transferring". Yahoo! Sports. Associated Press. Retrieved June 23, 2013.
- "Kyle Wiltjer may transfer from UK". ESPN.com. June 25, 2013. Retrieved June 25, 2013.
- Goodman, Jeff (July 19, 2013). "Sources: Kyle Wiltjer to Gonzaga". ESPN.com. Retrieved July 20, 2013.
- Borzello, Jeff (July 19, 2013). "Kentucky transfer Kyle Wiltjer headed to Gonzaga". Eye on College Basketball (CBSSports.com). Retrieved July 20, 2013.
- "Kyle Wiltjer Officially Joins Gonzaga Men's Basketball Team" (Press release). Gonzaga Athletics. July 20, 2013. Retrieved July 23, 2013.