Thursday, August 12, 2010

Wiltjer trims list to seven

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.”

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