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Plan B turned out quite well for Killian Tillie on Wednesday night.
Killian Tillie’s name wasn’t called during Wednesday’s NBA draft.
Killian Tillie has a long list of attributes valued in the contemporary NBA, but he endured numerous injuries at Gonzaga that could raise concerns for some teams. He’s been called a potential sleeper pick and a likely first-rounder if not for his medical record. He’s considered a second-round pick in most mock drafts. His name isn’t listed in a few others.
The resilient, positive attitude that defined Killian Tillie during four seasons at Gonzaga continues to serve him well with basketball essentially sidelined by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Gonzaga's Killian Tillie will join the virtual Northwest Passages stage today to talk about his time as a Bulldog and what he's up to now.
Filip Petrusev has become the third Gonzaga Bulldog to declare for the NBA draft without hiring an agent.
If there’s a lack of consensus on assorted NBA mock drafts and big boards, there was little hesitation from The Athletic’s Sam Vecenie and ESPN’s Sean Farnham. “I think it’s Killian (Tillie),” Vecenie said.
Coach Mark Few and three Gonzaga players received All-District 9 honors. Sophomore forward Filip Petrusev was named to the first team and junior wing Corey Kispert and senior forward Killian Tillie made the second team.
As tough as that is to hear for the Zags’ fan base, imagine being one of the players on a 31-2 team that was considered one of the favorites to win the national championship.
Joel Ayayi made a string of giant plays in the final 4-plus minutes Monday, and his team was extremely grateful, because the sophomore guard carried the top-seeded Bulldogs past No. 5 San Francisco 81-77 in the WCC Tournament semifinals.
Gonzaga’s Killian Tillie is one of five finalists for the Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award.
Gonzaga’s Filip Petrusev was named WCC Player of the Year, becoming the first sophomore to win the award since 1981.
Gonzaga’s Killian Tillie acknowledges all of his injuries from the past four years have been a “pain in the butt,” but thankfully his funny bone has been immune.
The Zags (27-2) preferred to point the blame inward in the latest Gonzaga rewind.
Gonzaga doesn’t lack for motivation entering its final five regular-season games. The biggest source arrived last Saturday when the NCAA Tournament selection committee projected the Zags over San Diego State as the top seed in the West.
The smooth senior forward connected on 7 of 10 shots, three 3-pointers and scored 19 points – at 50% to 60% of full strength coming off a sprained ankle, in head coach Mark Few’s estimation.
Gonzaga’s Killian Tillie has been named one of 10 candidates for the Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award.
Of course, that didn’t stop a commentator on ESPN’s college basketball wrap-up show Saturday night from trotting out the familiar refrain that it’s hard to gauge the Zags because they’re rarely challenged in the WCC – hours after they received a major challenge from San Francisco at War Memorial Gym.
Killian Tillie didn’t play in Saturday’s game against San Francisco, two days after spraining his left ankle versus Santa Clara.
The injury update on Killian Tillie was generally considered positive, though coach Mark Few said in Friday radio interview that the senior forward could be limited for a while.