Kyle Wiltjer is returning to Gonzaga for his senior season, sources confirmed to NBCSports.com.
Wiltjer averaged 16.8 points and 6.2 boards while shooting 46.6 percent from three for the Zags in 2014-15, putting together all-american caliber credentials while leading the Zags to the Elite 8 for the first time since 1999. It was his first season playing in Spokane after transferring out of Kentucky.
With Wiltjer back in the fold, the Zags will be a preseason top 25 team, perhaps ranked as high as the top 15. Wiltjer will likely be a preseason all-american entering the 2015-16 season, and his presence, along with the return of both Przemek Karnowski and Domas Sabonis, will give head coach Mark Few one of the best front lines in the country.
Returning to school is probably the right move for Wiljter. He has the offensive skill set to one day play in the NBA, but he still has quite a bit of work to do to improve is body and his athleticism if he’s going to be able to hold his own on the defensive end of the floor.
The news was first reported by Jim Meehan of the Spokesman Review.