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Kyle Wiltjer Graduated from Gonzaga Today(?)




In the “double take” news of the day, former Kentucky forward Kyle Wiltjer graduated early from Gonzaga today.  Wiltjer still has two years of eligibility left for the Zags after sitting out this past season because of transfer rules.  Wiltjer won an NCAA title for the Big Blue in 2012, before a lackluster Sophomore season had the big fella ready to return closer to his Western United States home.

I for one am impressed that he could pull off graduating so quickly.  I still am trying to comprehend how he pulled off the feat, especially considering that he hasn’t played in a single game for the Zags, but instead I’ll congratulate him like other members of the BBN.



Well done Mr. Hopkins, well done.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

20 Comments for Kyle Wiltjer Graduated from Gonzaga Today(?)

  1. Barry
    7:03 pm May 11, 2014 Permalink

    He can still go to school even if he can’t play basketball.

  2. Matt
    7:06 pm May 11, 2014 Permalink

    Technical question I guess. Would this count for UK. He was a member of the team for 2 years and hasn’t played for anyone else. Just curious how they count up the graduated players tally.

  3. Jb
    7:21 pm May 11, 2014 Permalink

    So how does he play at Gonzaga still? Does he have to attend graduate school? He can’t just take any classes for fun can he?

    • Nick Roush
      7:41 pm May 11, 2014 Permalink

      Some guys delay graduating with BS ballroom dancing classes (Matt Leinert) but since he already has ‘made the walk,’ he’ll get to work on a Master’s and finish up before his basketball time is over.

  4. Kevin C.
    7:27 pm May 11, 2014 Permalink

    Confirmed: Nick Roush is an idiot.

    How can you NOT know that this is possible. You can EASILY get a degree in 3 years of college….people do it all the time. Kyle didn’t play last year, so he likely took a bunch of extra credits, so he could finish early, and maybe even work on post-grad.

    • Nick Roush
      7:39 pm May 11, 2014 Permalink

      I guess that’s why I won’t be graduating until year 5

  5. They are still kids
    7:40 pm May 11, 2014 Permalink

    Why not just compliment him on being dedicated in the classroom? No need for the lackluster comment.

  6. BoomKentucky
    7:41 pm May 11, 2014 Permalink

    He could have stayed and still have played for Gonzaga next year.

    • a21CATSfan
      10:26 pm May 11, 2014 Permalink

      He can also come back to UK now.

  7. poppycat
    7:42 pm May 11, 2014 Permalink

    Could have him Masters by the time his bb time is up.

  8. jimharris
    7:56 pm May 11, 2014 Permalink

    Amazing what a sharp guy can do when he can carry 2i7, 28 hours and do summers.

  9. My acts
    8:21 pm May 11, 2014 Permalink

    Don’t forget that most HS graduates start college with with college crwdit hours they earned while in HS.

  10. Rex
    8:25 pm May 11, 2014 Permalink

    Does this mean he could transfer and play immediately anywhere next season? (Assuming Gonzaga doesn’t offer his major for post graduate school? And another school does)

  11. rahrah
    8:45 pm May 11, 2014 Permalink

    Curious as to why you sound critical writing this post. This guy was a part of our beloved championship team and I wish him well. Congratulations, Kyle. Great work. Kick butt next season. #BBNforever

  12. STEVE!
    9:02 pm May 11, 2014 Permalink

    Patrick Patterson graduated in three years. In more recent news, Jarrod Polson graduated in three years, and it appears Alex Poythress will graduate in three years. How about a little love for those Cats instead of a guy that didn’t want to play with the players on this year’s team and bailed out just before the season started.

  13. Chaz
    9:03 pm May 11, 2014 Permalink

    Congrats to you Kyle W. I realize it’ll never happen, but could UK take him back as a grad student transfer in 2015? Not that they should, but could something like that happen?

    • ukbradstith
      9:40 pm May 11, 2014 Permalink

      Don’t see why not. Unless he already starts his grad program at gonzaga, that may cause a problem.

  14. KG
    11:06 pm May 11, 2014 Permalink

    congratulations to Kyle. Still one of the great Kids to wear the Blue/White.

  15. Roofus Howls
    5:55 am May 12, 2014 Permalink

    When I was in school I had to have at least half my credit hours from my school to earn my degree there – are there no longer rules like that in place?