According to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman, Kyle Wiltjer is considering declaring for the NBA draft, which would be a bad idea.
Wiltjer, though one of the best offensive weapons in college basketball this past season, could very well go undrafted if he were to make the jump. After learning the news of Goodman’s report, draft guru Chad Ford tweeted, “Yikes! We don’t even have a draft card for Wiltjer. Never heard a scout who thought he was a NBA player.”
“Yikes” and “never heard a scout who thought he was a NBA player” aren’t positive reviews. Ford sees Wiltjer finding a profitable career in Europe, but NBA, no.
In Kyle’s defense, I’m not sure his stock will be any higher if he were to return to school for a senior season. But another year at Gonzaga to work on his athleticism and defense wouldn’t be the worst thing.
For what it’s worth, Sam Malone says Goodman’s report is a blatant lie:
Really dude @GoodmanESPN ? I'm literally on the phone with Kyle right now and he is saying that is a blatant lie
— Sam Malone (@SamMaloneuk13) April 14, 2015