Kyle Wiltjer has been busy this summer, but he took the first step towards advancing his recruitment on Thursday, trimming his list to seven schools.
“In no order: Gonzaga, California, Kentucky, Kansas, Texas, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech,” Wiltjer said in a text message.
Some of the schools that he took off his list included Washington, UCLA, Virginia, Connecticut and Oregon.
The 6-foot-9 forward from Jesuit (Ore.) said style of play, recruiting class and coaching staffs were the main things that he looked to when narrowing his schools.
As for a timeline or visit schedule, Wiltjer has not made one yet.
“Don’t really have one, to be honest,” he said. “I don’t know yet.”
Wiltjer is one of the better face-up power forwards in the country, owning a solid inside-outside game that he honed while playing with the talented Oakland Soldiers on the AAU circuit this spring and summer.
Some of those Soldiers’ teammates – namely Jabari Brown and Josiah Turner – have several of the same schools as Wiltjer on their lists, but Wiltjer said it would not be much of a factor.
“It would be nice [to play with them], but we are all looking out for ourselves,” he said.
When Wiljter makes his final decision, he said that comfort with the coaches and players will be most important.
“Where I feel most comfortable,” he said. “Coaching staff, recruiting class.”