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Former Gonzaga standout Kyle Wiltjer joins pro team in Greece

Gonzaga coach Mark Few and guard Josh Perkins watch Kyle Wiltjer’s shooting form during an NCAA Tournament practice in Chicago. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga coach Mark Few and guard Josh Perkins watch Kyle Wiltjer’s shooting form during an NCAA Tournament practice in Chicago. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Former Gonzaga Bulldog Kyle Wiltjer’s next basketball address will be in Piraeus, Greece.

The well-traveled Wiltjer announced Sunday on Twitter that he has signed with Olympiacos B.C., a traditional EuroLeague power.

Wiltjer’s arrival is due in part to an injury to Olympiacos forward Kim Tillie, older brother of Gonzaga sophomore forward Killian Tillie.

Wiltjer, a 6-foot-10 forward, was waived recently by the Toronto Raptors after playing in three preseason games. He played in 14 games last year as a rookie with Houston and spent the rest of the season with the Rockets’ G-League team.

The Rockets traded Wiltjer and six other players to the Los Angeles Clippers for Chris Paul in June. The Clippers waived Wiltjer in mid July after he saw limited minutes in a few NBA Summer League games.

Wiltjer transferred to Gonzaga after spending two seasons at Kentucky, where he was part of the 2012 NCAA championship team and winner of the 2013 SEC Sixth Man of the Year Award. He started 73 games at Gonzaga, hitting 45 percent of his 3-pointers and averaging 18.6 points on teams that reached the 2015 Elite Eight and 2016 Sweet 16.

Wiltjer was an AP honorable mention All-American and the WCC’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2016. He earned second-team All-American honors in 2015.

Olympiacos B.C. is the only team from Greece to win three EuroLeague titles, including back-to-back championships in 2012-13. Olympiacos B.C. has been EuroLeague runner-up five times.


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