The NBA Draft Combine got underway today, and Kyle Wiltjer is the only Gonzaga player we have to report on, since Domantas Sabonis decided to not partake in the festivities.
Festivities is a stretch, however, unless you consider medical examinations and rigorous physicals as fun. Some people do, but for Wiltjer, things didn't necessarily start off the best.
Things didn't start off so hot on the Twittersphere with Wiltjer, where it was revealed that he has the highest body fat percentage out of all people partaking. Queue all the jokes.
But the thing is, that can be worked off. It was quickly forgotten when Wiltjer was able to demonstrate that despite what many (or any of us thought), he has actual hops.
Wait, Wiltjer had the same vertical jump as Marcus Lee? Did not see that coming. #BBN pic.twitter.com/aDhFQNUgwx— Scott Charlton (@Scott_Charlton) May 12, 2016
Kyle Wiltjer has a 35" vertical jump? Who knew? #billyhoyle— Dave Grant (@dgrantkake) May 12, 2016
And then after that, it was much of what was to be expected. A lot of people thoroughly impressed with Wiltjer's shooting touch, and no mention of the possible detriment in his defensive abilities.
Kyle Wiltjer is getting buckets at the NBA Draft Combine.— Kevin Pelton (@kpelton) May 12, 2016
Kyle Wiltjer is wearing people out right now— Tony Jones (@Tjonessltrib) May 12, 2016
.@kwiltj making it ☔️ at the #NBACombine pic.twitter.com/6QLyKKn54c— NBA Canada (@NBACanada) May 12, 2016
Kyle Wiltjer looks more like the kid who bags my groceries, but he's stroking that jumper right now. Softest touch— Jonathan Wasserman (@NBADraftWass) May 12, 2016
.@JayBilas talking about the best shooters in the #NBADraft, says of @kwiltj: If we had a game of HORSE he'd probably win it.— Darnay Tripp (@DarnayTripp) May 12, 2016
Here is a video of Wiltjer himself talking about the stereotypes he is busy ignoring.
Finally, perhaps the most important news to come out of the whole day: Wiltjer will work out for the Philadelphia 76ers.
#Gonzaga F Kyle Wiltjer said he will work out for #Sixers the week after next. He's not sure if it's on Fri or Sat. pic.twitter.com/sLHcRTEahu— Keith Pompey (@PompeyOnSixers) May 12, 2016
For Wiltjer, a team-specific workout can be very important. Right now, on many draft boards, he is on the outside looking in. He finished his scrimmage with 17 points, six rebounds, and hit 3-of-8 from long range. He needs to continue having solid performances in the combine. This combined with a convincing workout with a team, might be his ticket into the NBA.