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Plan B turned out quite well for Killian Tillie on Wednesday night.
Anthony Edwards paid tribute to his mother and grandmother. Onyeka Okongwu recalled his brother. Obi Toppin thought about coming home.
CJ Elleby’s decision to pursue a career in professional basketball, rather than return to school for his junior season, paid off for the Washington State forward Wednesday night. In a rather fortuitous way, too.
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.
A few thoughts went racing through Kyle Smith’s head as No. 11-seed Washington State upset No. 6 Colorado in the first round of the Pac-12 men’s basketball tournament in March.
There was no dancing on the court after a March Madness victory. No bounding onto the stage in a spiffy suit to meet the commissioner in June.
Former Gonzaga standout Filip Petrusev has pulled his name from the NBA draft, according to Eurohoops.net.
Petrusev said he’s happy with his decision to turn professional and believes he’s in the best position to realize his NBA dreams. He’s trying to forge his own path to the sport’s highest level, one that differs from GU predecessors that have made it to the NBA.
There’s a lot going on in college basketball these days and Gonzaga’s Corey Kispert wants to be involved on and off the court. Kispert is one of 11 Division I men’s players on a newly-created National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Player Development Coalition.
The early-entry NBA draft deadline expired earlier this week and the outlook for Gonzaga, which had as much at stake as any program in the country, barely changed.
Corey Kispert is coming back to Gonzaga for his senior season.
Gonzaga announced Saturday that Ayayi is returning for his junior season and he will not pursue any professional options.
Filip Petrusev has played his last game in a Gonzaga uniform.
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.
The NBA has firmed up the schedule for what will be a hectic time for teams this fall, deciding on Oct. 16 as the date for this year's draft and saying clubs can begin talking to free agents two days later.
The four local underclassmen who’ve dipped their toes into the NBA draft could have up to 60 days to decide whether to forgo their college eligibility and turn professional or return to school next season.
“It’s the million dollar question,” said Kispert, when asked what would keep him in the draft and what would bring him back to GU.
Gonzaga’s Corey Kispert, Filip Petrusev and Joel Ayayi and Washington State’s CJ Elleby will get more time to decide whether to stay in the NBA draft or return to school.
Teshaun Hightower, who led the Green Wave in scoring last season, was booked into jail Saturday on multiple charges, including murder and aggravated assault, Henry County Jail records show.