Wiltjer Improves; Interest Picks Up

Kyle Wiltjer sported a much improved game at the Nike Hoop Jamboree. The sophomore big man earned an invitation to Nike's top camp and already holds a few high major scholarship offers.

For the second year in a row Kyle Wiltjer traveled to St. Louis in mid-June to participate in the Hoop Jamboree.

This time around, Wilther was ready for what the underclassmen event would entail. And it showed, as the 6-foot-9, 220-pound power forward was one of better offensive threats at the event.

"I knew what to expect and I knew what the schedule was," Wiltjer said following the Nike sponsored event. "I knew a lot of the coaches already, so it was good to have already been there once."

"I thought the event went really well," he added. "I really liked it because you get to play against the best players in the nation. It was good to be a second year guy at the camp because I knew it a little better and I knew what I was going into."

Wiltjer, a standout at Portland (Ore.) Jesuit, has a much improved skill set and is much more aggressive on the offensive end. For the camp, he averaged 20 points a game and was fourth in scoring.

"I've been working on my skills a lot with my trainer," he said. "We've been doing a lot of simple things. I'm getting a lot of shots up. I've been working to make my jump shot more consistent and then I'm also trying to get stronger as well."

After a terrific high school season that consisted of a 6A state title, Wiltjer, who averaged 15 points a contest, has seen his college recruitment pick up.

Already he has scholarship offers from Arizona State, Oregon State, Gonzaga and San Francisco, while California, Stanford, Kansas, Arizona, and UCLA are all keeping tabs on the impressive junior.

"[Monday] was the first day college coaches could call me, so it's been interesting," Wiltjer said. "I've only heard from a couple on my cell. My AAU coach has been calling me telling me to call them so they don't have to use a call. Then my dad has been getting a couple."

Recently Wiltjer took an unofficial visit to Kansas for their Elite camp. Prior to the camp he didn't have much of a relationship with their staff, but after playing well Kansas has began recruiting him a little harder.

"They had just heard about me and they contacted my high school coach," Wiltjer told Scout.com. "Then I played well there, so they said they were going to stay in contact with me."

"The Kansas trip was awesome," he said. "It was fun to visit their campus. There weren't a ton of players there so it was fun because we got to play against some of their own players and I got to get a feel for what they are like there. I got to talk to coach Self a little bit too."

Although he doesn't have any unofficial visits planned for the near future, he did mention that he's hoping to take visits to Stanford and California soon.

Wiltjer didn't mention a timetable for his college decision, and made it clear that he's not close to making his pick.

"I haven't figured anything out really," the 2011 prospect said. "I'm just open. I'm just trying to keep my options open. I still have two more years of high school left."

Wiltjer, who plays with the Oakland Soldier, will be busy in July. He'll start off the month in Ohio for the King City Classic, then he'll play in the Peach Jam, a Las Vegas tournament and the Desert Duel in Arizona.


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