Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Kentucky coach John Calipari added to his already rich recruiting haul Saturday night when Kyle Wiltjer, a 6-foot-9 forward from Portland (Ore.) Jesuit, verbally committed during the Boost Mobile Elite 24 game on ESPNU.
“I”m very excited to be a part of that team,” the 6-foot-9, 225-pound Wiltjer said on ESPNU.
“The one thing is I wanted to surround myself with the best players. They have a great recruiting class coming in and I thought it would be a great fit.”
Wiltjer also considered California, Georgia Tech, Gonzaga, Kansas, Texas and Wake Forest.
Along with teammates Jabari Brown, Nick Johnson, Josiah Turner and Brandon Ashley, Wiltjer had a tremendous summer with the Drew Gooden Soldiers, winning the Las Vegas Fab 48 and the Pumps event in California.
Wiltjer joins a Kentucky recruiting class that includes 6-10 forward Anthony Davis of Chicago; 6-6 forward Michael Gilchrist of Somerdale, N.J.; and 6-2 point guard Marquis Teague of Indianapolis.
Gilchrist’s mother, Cindy Richardson, confirmed to ZAGSBLOG earlier Saturday that her son would attend Kentucky even though he had Tweeted he might take three official visits.
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.