Because of their recruitment of 2010 forward Terrence Jones, the Washington basketball staff has been spending plenty of time in Portland lately. Regardless of what school Jones decides on, though, the Huskies won't be done with their recruiting just south of the state boarder. Looming large on the Huskies 2011 radar is 6-foot-9 Kyle Wiltjer of Jesuit High.
Using a big summer, Wiltjer has blossomed into a top 25 player garnering national attention. He definitely puts in the work to stay there.
"I'm not surprised," says Wiltjer when asked if he thought things would go like they have. "I've been putting in the time with workouts and things like that. I really feel like it's starting to pay off. I feel like I'm getting quicker, stronger and a lot better than last year."
A bevy of college coaches would agree that he's gotten better. Already well known for his ability to shoot the ball, the slender four man has become much more dangerous near the basket. He's certainly been working out to crowded gyms.
"To see me in open gyms there's been UCLA, Kansas, Gonzaga, Arizona, Arizona State, Washington, Washington State, Stanford, Wake Forest, Kentucky and Texas," said Wiltjer "I got a couple of new offers in the last week or so from Harvard, Stanford, Kansas and Cal offered as well."
Wiltjer is definitely feeling the love from the Huskies. They've put the time in watching him, and have kept the line of communication open.
"Washington has contacted me a lot," Wiltjer told Dawgman.com. "Coach Romar has been to a lot of open gyms and has really showed that he's interested. I like them a lot."
While he likes the Huskies, Wiltjer maintains that he is wide open and nowhere near a decision. He'll probably look to decide around this time next year. In the meantime, he's looking to continue the momentum he's generated through his junior season.
Having already taken visits to UCLA, California, Wake Forest and Kansas, Wiltjer would also like to get in some more unofficials.
I'll be looking at fit, style of play, getting to somewhere that I'll get better," said Wiltjer of what he'll be looking for when he does start to get serious. Then I'll start putting in schools later."