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GU's Wiltjer Top Vote-Getter on AP Preseason All-America Team

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Kyle Wiltjer earned first team preseason AP All-American honors. Kyle Wiltjer earned first team preseason AP All-American honors.
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Add another preseason honor to the list for Gonzaga's Kyle Wiltjer. The senior forward is the leading vote-getter of the Associated Press' preseason All-America team, which was unveiled Monday.

Joining Wiltjer on the squad are fellow seniors Georges Niang of Iowa State and Buddy Hield of Oklahoma, along with junior Kris Dunn of Providence and freshman Ben Simmons of LSU.
    
Wiltjer, who averaged 16.7 points and 6.0 rebounds last season, received 51 votes from the 65-member national media panel. He already has been named CBS Sports' Preseason Player of The Year heading into his final year at Gonzaga, which is ranked No. 9 in the AP's preseason Top-25 poll.
    
Niang averaged 15.3 points, 5.4 rebounds and 3.4 assists for the Cyclones last season. Dunn averaged 15.6 points, 5.5 rebounds, 7.5 assists and 2.7 steals while Hield averaged 17.5 points and 5.5 rebounds for the Sooners.
    
This is the third straight preseason All-America team to have a freshman on it. Simmons, a 6-foot-10 native of Australia, is considered by many the top recruit in the country. He had averages of 28.0 points, 11.9 rebounds and 4.0 assists as a high school senior in Florida.

Wiltjer's 33 Points Lead GU in Exhibition Win 

Wiltjer and the Bulldogs officially tip-off their regular season in Okinawa, Japan, against Pittsburgh in the Armed Forces Classic on Friday, Nov. 13.

The game will be played at United States Marine Corps Base Camp Smedley D. Butler at Camp Foster and televised on ESPN.

Information from the Associated Press was used in the writing of this story.

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