3-point shot: Can Wiltjer pull an Olynyk?

July, 23, 2013
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1. Not all redshirt transfers are created equally at Gonzaga. And that's why it would be unfair to expect Kyle Wiltjer to come back as thick and strong as Kelly Olynyk -- an All-American and the No. 13 pick in the NBA draft -- after Wiljter redshirts next season. "The similarities are the size and skill package and feel for the game," said Gonzaga coach Mark Few. "Both came to the conclusion part way through their careers that they needed to make a change in what they were doing.'' Wiltjer transferred from Kentucky after his sophomore season and will sit as a third-year player. Olynyk played two seasons at Gonzaga and then sat out one before playing again as a fourth-year junior. "But they're going to be different. Now it's our job to provide the means and guidance. Hopefully for both parties, Kyle will reap the rewards of making this change and putting in the hard work and hopefully Gonzaga will too,'' Few said. Wiltjer has the advantage of playing with Zag Kevin Pangos on the World University Games Canadian team in Kazan, Russia. So the teammates won't be all foreign. But it's clear Wiltjer needs to get stronger and improve his back-to-the-basket game just like Olynyk needed to do when he sat two years ago. The Zags had two players sitting out last season -- Providence's Gerard Coleman and Louisville's Angel Nunez. Coleman will be eligible to play in the fall while Nunez has to wait until December. But the expectations for the redshirt year to turn a player into an all-American weren't there with these two like it was with Olynyk and will be with Wiltjer. "It all comes down to the guy being properly motivated,'' said Few. "How willing is the guy to really, really make this all about him to get better for a year?'' That's what Gonzaga will find out about Wiltjer next season.

2. Georgia Tech coach Brian Gregory said he is confident Tennessee transfer Trae Golden can get eligible immediately. Gregory said as important as when he will play, is what he brings to the program next season. "He adds value to our team because he brings experience,'' said Gregory, whose Yellow Jackets need to start climbing upward in the 15-team ACC. "Currently he's the only perimeter player who has more than one year of playing experience and proven scoring ability. In this league, you need high quality guards and multiple ball handlers who can handle pressure, score and create. Trae's versatility should help address that need.''

3. USA Basketball is capitalizing on the fantasy camp marketplace this week by hosting a three-day $7,500 adult basketball camp with all-star coaches. The camp coincides with USA basketball's minicamp in Las Vegas and the coaches participating are a who's who from college basketball. According to the USA Basketball website, Syracuse's Jim Boeheim, Kentucky's John Calipari, Florida's Billy Donovan, Gonzaga's Mark Few, Villanova's Jay Wright, Miami's Jim Larranaga, Washington's Lorenzo Romar and Grand Canyon's Dan Majerle are the coaches with former college and NBA coach and current ESPN analyst P.J. Carlesimo serving as camp director. Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski has a highly successful adult fantasy basketball camp and other coaches are getting into the mix as well. There is a market out there for this and USA basketball has found its spot to potentially get a piece as well. The camp does cut into a few days of the last recruiting period, but with the camp in Las Vegas the college coaches can simply stay in the city and evaluate at the various high school tournaments.

Andy Katz | email

Senior Writer, ESPN.com

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