One of the biggest recruiting wins for Gonzaga in the 2016 class occurred with an International prospect, as the Zags were able to secure a commitment from Killian Tillie. The French talent was pursued by numerous schools across the country, but the staff was able to land the versatile talent.
There were numerous factors that led to Tillie choosing Gonzaga, but according to the talented prospect, it was the whole experience that really sold him.
“I think Gonzaga was the best fit for me because of numerous reasons,” Tillie explained. “ They have great experience with international players like me, which will be helpful. They were also very successful the past year. I was also impressed by what Coach Few had to say and by how the coaching staff will work with me. I think the atmosphere at Gonzaga is special. Everybody there lives for basketball and that is awesome. It’s the perfect place for me to play and live.”
The success that Gonzaga has had in the past with prospects from around the world was very appealing for the French forward.
“The success of Gonzaga with International bigs like Sabonis and Karnowski played a major role in my choice,” he admitted. “It was very important for me that the coaches had a lot of experience with International players. They have even had success with French players like Ronny Turiaf!!”
Utah proved to be a tough school for the incoming Zag to turn down, as his brother had actually played there before beginning his European career.
“Yes, it was pretty difficult to turn Utah down, because when I was younger and Kim played in Utah, I used to come and watch his game and visit the campus. He also has family there, so he used to come to Salt Lake City a lot. But the most important thing was to choose the best place for me, and that is what I did.”
In Tillie, Gonzaga will be getting a versatile prospect that really fits the modern game with his skill set.
“I am a more versatile player that can play the 3 and the 4,” the Frenchman explained. “I can shoot the three and also drive to the basket, which I think is very important for the modern 4-man. I always put energy in my game, especially on the offensive boards and on defense.”
As he gets ready to head to Spokane, Tillie knows that he will need to adjust to a different game in the states.
“I think in Europe, we probably run more set plays and, in college, it is more fast paced, which I think is what I need to adapt my game to. But I am very excited to come and play the college game, so it will work well.”