Former Wildcat Kyle Wiltjer signs with Houston Rockets



Kevin Erpenbeck

Former Gonzaga forward and Kentucky transfer Kyle Wiltjer signed a three-year contract with the Houston Rockets after going undrafted in Thursday’s NBA Draft, according to KREM 2, a Spokane, Wash., CBS-news affiliate.

Wiltjer confirmed with the network that 50 percent of the first year salary is guaranteed.

The 6-foot-10 forward spent his first two collegiate seasons at the UK and was part of the 2011-12 team that won the NCAA Championship. Wiltjer then transferred to Gonzaga for his junior year and averaged a team-high 20.4 points and 6.3 rebounds as a senior for the Bulldogs.

Wiltjer worked out for 15 teams before the day of the draft. Teams were reportedly enamored with his shooting after he shot 43.7 percent from behind the arc during his final season at Gonzaga.

“That’s something I really take pride in, is shooting,” Wiltjer said after his final pre-draft workout with the Philadelphia 76ers. “I think I’m more than just that. I can pass, I can kind of run through an offense. So, I think I can be a very valuable asset to a team because I really stretch the floor. I create mismatches and that’s what I’ve done really well in this process, is showing them my strengths.”

As part of the deal, Wiltjer will get a chance to play for Houston’s summer league team, which begins on July 8 in Las Vegas.