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Kyle Wiltjer Picks Kentucky

It's official: Class of 2011 power forward Kyle Wiltjer announced at halftime of tonight's Boost Mobile Elite 24 game on ESPN U that he will commit to the University of Kentucky and head coach John Calipari. "I just wanna let Coach Calipari know I'm gonna play for the Wildcats," Wiltjer said. 

The news comes as a surprise because Wiltjer had reportedly not visited Kentucky's campus and had been seen as a Gonzaga target. 

SB Nation's The Slipper Still Fits first linked Wiltjer to Kentucky earlier Saturday.

Sources tell The Slipper Still Fits that prized 2011 power forward Kyle Wiltjer has made his decision and he will take his game to Lexington and play for John Calipari and the Kentucky Wildcats

That was tough to write.

Wiltjer's commitment to Kentucky was first confirmed by Matt Jones of Kentucky Sports Radio on Twitter.

Source tells me Kyle Wiltjer will commit to Kentucky in just a few minutesless than a minute ago via Echofon

 

Wiltjer's commitment to Kentucky was further confirmed by CBS's Gary Parrish on Twitter.

Kyle Wiltjer just announced for Kentucky. That's four top 20 prospects for UK, which is assured of the nation's top class again.less than a minute ago via TweetDeck

 

Wiltjer is the state of Oregon's top class of 2011 high school basketball player and has won back-to-back 6A state titles with Portland's Jesuit High School. He has been called the most skilled power forward in the country and is a versatile offensive player who should make a serious impact on the next level.

Wiltjer joins a loaded class of 2011 Kentucky group that already included Anthony Davis, Marquis Teague and Mike Gilchrist. It is widely regarded as the nation's top recruiting class.

For a full rundown of Kyle Wiltjer's recruitment decision, click here.

For everything Gonzaga basketball, head over to SB Nation's The Slipper Still Fits.