Gonzaga’s future prospects look even brighter. On Monday afternoon, The Spokesman-Review‘s Jim Meehan reported that Kyle Wiltjer is returning for his senior season.
The announcement comes just days after Przemek Karnowski announced his return on Twitter. As of Monday afternoon, Wiltjer has not made his announcement official through social media or a Gonzaga press release. That will likely change soon.
Wiltjer’s return opens up a new door of opportunities for Gonzaga. The junior forward led the Bulldogs in scoring with 16.8 points per game and was second in rebounding with 6.2 rebounds per game. In four NCAA Tournament games, Wiltjer averaged 17.8 points and 5.3 rebounds, as he led Gonzaga to their second Elite Eight.
Gonzaga will arguably have the best front court in the nation next season. The combination of Wiltjer, Karnowski, and Sabonis is more than promising.
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The Zags will have a chip on their shoulder to get to their first Final Four. Wiltjer has experience getting to the Final Four, so look for him to have a pinpoint focus going into March. Depending on the production of Josh Perkins, Gonzaga has a legitimate shot to get there. Getting at least one elite transfer in the offseason could make that dream even more real.
The person who will benefit most from this is Kyle Wiltjer. He will get another year to develop his skill set and has a legitimate shot to be a First Team All-American. This combination will give him the best opportunity to be drafted in the NBA. Better yet, Wiltjer has another chance to take Gonzaga to their first Final Four.