View Full Version : Recruits Games today - Andy Poling and Jeff Taylor - 2/28/08

02-28-2008, 10:19 AM
Andy Poling: Andy plays in his last league game, as Westview (12-11, 6-3) meets @ Jesuit (14-9, 5-3). Westview and Jesuit are #2 and #3, respectively, in Metro League standings (http://highschoolsports.oregonlive.com/school/portland-westview/boysbasketball/standings/boysbasketball/). Radio will be available online at KUIK 1360 (http://www.kuik.com/default.asp). Game time is 7:30 PM, so depending on what happens with Jeff Taylor's game, I'll plan to check in and see if there's a pre-game show between 7:00 PM and 7:30.

If Westview wins, they'll be the #2 representative to the playoffs.

Folks in the Portland area who want to go to this game will also have an opportunity to check out Kyle Wiltjer, the Jesuit freshman some posters here are really excited about.

Andy's current stat line:

MaxPreps Roster Page for Westview (http://www.maxpreps.com/FanPages/TeamFrame.mxp/AreaID-c57cb961-b8f6-49a2-a71e-5d1f6485a204/Page-Roster/SchoolID-7b151d3b-19d2-4c35-9f41-05f885b0fdd2/Sort-Jersey/Boys_Varsity_Basketball_Winter_07-08/Oregon)
Roster Page for Jesuit (http://www.maxpreps.com/FanPages/TeamFrame.mxp/AreaID-c57cb961-b8f6-49a2-a71e-5d1f6485a204/Page-Roster/SchoolID-1436fddc-e89b-45d4-b86b-a7aed4dc3953/Boys_Varsity_Basketball_Winter_07-08/Oregon)
Jeff Taylor: The (2) Hobbs Eagles play (3) Carlsbad at Hobbs tonight at 6:00 PM PST, in the District 4-5A Tournament. The winner of that game will play Saturday at (1) Clovis at 6 PM PST. I expect the game should be broadcast as usual by hobbsschool.net (http://www.hobbsschools.net/). (I love the announcers for the Hobbs games!) I'll probably try to tune in half-hour early to see if there's a pregame show.

As anyone who has listened to previous Hobbs games here can attest, they are fun, exciting games to follow via online radio.

Video: Check out Eagle TV/Radio (http://www.hobbsschools.net/) and select HMS Sports link to see some neat video from the game against Clovis. At game time, click on the Listen Live link for online radio.

MaxPreps Roster Page for Hobbs (http://www.maxpreps.com/FanPages/TeamFrame.mxp/AreaID-22f34d9a-c790-4320-b10e-6a8742529bbb/Page-Roster/SchoolID-d8b039ae-f037-4086-9e05-53bdfc998bb2/Boys_Varsity_Basketball_Winter_07-08/NewMexico)
MaxPreps Roster Page for Carlsbad (http://www.maxpreps.com/FanPages/TeamFrame.mxp/AreaID-22f34d9a-c790-4320-b10e-6a8742529bbb/Page-Roster/SchoolID-c4d69a59-6c46-492b-be6f-da7df8febfb4/Boys_Varsity_Basketball_Winter_07-08/NewMexico)
Not Playing Today:

Brock: I believe that Brock's Flathead Braves will not play until Saturday.
Grant: Grant's Linn-Mar Lions (18-4) meet Marshalltown (19-4) Wednesday, March 5, at 1:30 p.m. PST, in the first round of the Iowa State Class 4A Tournament (http://www.timesrepublican.com/page/content.detail/id/503307.html)

Edited to Include updated info re radio for Andy's game.

02-28-2008, 10:48 AM
What's the Wiltjer kid's stats, ZN?

02-28-2008, 11:33 AM
What's the Wiltjer kid's stats, ZN?
Kyle Wiltjer, Jesuit freshman: The only thing a quick search for me finds is his scoring, tracked under Jesuit scoring over the season in this site (http://www.oregonsportscores.org/playerstats/07Boysbasketball/6a2boysmetroscoring.html).


Looks like 12.7 season average, but trending sharply up in recent weeks.

Jake posted about Kyle in December (http://www.guboards.spokesmanreview.com/showthread.php?p=124963#post124963) and, I think has commented since then about him in other threads involving Andy Poling's Metro League. I don't know much except what Jake and others here have said about him.

Here's a pic of the young man (right) from a story about Jesuit's game (http://www.beavertonvalleytimes.com/sports/story.php?story_id=120421822298710500) against Beaverton:


Back to Andy: Here's another story from today's Beaverton Valley Tuimes about the tame - Beaverton Valley Times (http://www.beavertonvalleytimes.com/sports/story.php?story_id=120421930841573700) about the Metro League title race and prospects going into the playoffs.

– regardless of what happens in tonight’s (Thursday’s) final round, the Sunset boys will win at least a share of the Metro title – their first since 1991 – and have already secured the league’s top seed to state.

The Apollos will host a second-round Class 6A state playoff game on March 8 against the fourth seed from the Southwest Conference (likely South Eugene or Grants Pass) or Tigard, the No. 2 from the Pacific.

Also for sure is that Westview, Jesuit and Southridge will represent the Metro League in the playoffs.

Beyond that, however, there are questions aplenty heading into tonight’s 7:30 p.m. games – Beaverton at Southridge, Westview at Jesuit, and Sunset at Aloha.

If Westview (6-3, 13-11) wins, it will secure the league’s second seed to the playoffs and will host a Wednesday contest against the Mt. Hood’s No. 3 team (either Centennial or David Douglas).

If Jesuit (5-4, 14-9) wins tonight, the Crusaders will take the league’s second seed and that matchup against the Mt. Hood’s No. 3 team on Wednesday.

Factoring in tonight’s other two games, however, there are still scenarios in which Westview and Jesuit could finish anywhere from second down to fourth, and where Southridge could still finish third or fourth.

02-28-2008, 01:37 PM
Interesting piece in a blog on Oregonlive.com (http://blog.oregonlive.com/washingtoncounty/2008/01/only_15_he_already_has_a_growi/print.html) back on January 5, 2008. I know nothing about the author, whether he is employed by the Oregonian, etc., or anything about his objectivity. However, Kyle emerges in the piece as an intriguing 15-year-old prospect.

Only 15, he already has a growing reputation
Posted by jcasey January 10, 2008 09:54AM

Jesuit's Kyle Wiltjer is heading toward 7 feet and could become the state's top player of his class

Kyle Wiltjer's growth plates indicate he might grow close to the 7-foot mark, like his dad.

But the baby-faced 15-year-old, now 6-foot-71/2, already is carving out a niche for himself as a freshman starter at Jesuit High School, one of Oregon's most successful basketball programs for the past decade.

As Wiltjer adjusts to life in high school, and to the length of his limbs, it is apparent he has attributes that could, in time, make him the standout player of his class in Oregon.

He has an effortless, gentle shooting touch from beyond the three-point line. His footwork near the basket is polished. He has an innate understanding of the game.

"He's a really nice kid and a hard worker," Jesuit coach Gene Potter said. "He's still growing into his body."

Wiltjer entered the ninth grade with acclaim.

Last summer, he took part in the Fab Frosh All-America Camp in Chantilly, Va., which drew many of the players perceived to be the best heading into high school. The Hoop Scoop Web site rated him the 44th-best player in the class of 2011.

"Stanford and North Carolina State are really high on him," Greg Wiltjer, Kyle's father, said before reeling off a list of others.

02-28-2008, 01:46 PM
ZagNative, I am wondering if that is the same Greg Wiltjer who played for the Canadian National team many years ago?


02-28-2008, 01:48 PM
ZagNative, I am wondering if that is the same Greg Wiltjer who played for the Canadian National team many years ago?

Gosh, it sure sounds like it, OZZag. In fact, no doubt. From the blog linked above:

s college coaches reach ever further down the pipeline to establish relationships with precocious young players, talents such as Wiltjer are building national reputations before entering high school.

"(The camp) helped get Kyle on the radar," the elder Wiltjer said.

It wasn't the same when Greg Wiltjer came up.

Greg grew up on Vancouver Island in Canada, dreaming of a career in the National Hockey League. That dream died when he sprouted from 6-2 to 6-6 at 17. He kept on growing.

He reconsidered his sports options and turned to basketball.

His college career -- by then he was 6-11 -- included one year at Oregon State. He was eventually drafted by Chicago in the second round in 1984, the same year the Bulls selected Michael Jordan with the third pick.

That summer, the elder Wiltjer helped Canada take fourth place at the Olympic Games.

He chose to play in Europe rather than the NBA and enjoyed a 12-year career there.

Greg Wiltjer has coached his son since he was in kindergarten, teaching him fundamentals with drills he picked up.

That advanced skill set, combined with his advanced height, pushed the younger Wiltjer ahead of most of his peers.

02-28-2008, 02:07 PM
Yup, that's him alright, interesting that he moved to Oregon, then again I'm here in Sydney, Australia and wouldn't have picked that one from College! It will be interesting to see if his son ever plays internationally, and if he does who it will be for.... like Andy Rautins (Syracuse red shirt sophmore) whose dad is Leo Rautins the current Canadian National team head coach.

Angelo Roncalli
02-28-2008, 02:08 PM
I'm pretty sure Fitz recruited Greg Wiltjer when he was NIC. I know Don Monson recruited him.

02-28-2008, 02:13 PM
Hopefully Kyle develops into a great player and Gonzaga gets him. Those are good numbers for a frosh in Oregon's toughest league.

02-28-2008, 04:45 PM
Bumping in an attempt to entice more Zags fans to cheer on Andy and Jeff (not Kyle this game!) and to refresh online radio links:

Jeff Taylor 6:00 PM Radio (http://www.hobbsschools.net/) Carlsbad - District tournament, at Hobbs
Andy Poling 7:30 PM Radio (http://www.kuik.com/default.asp) @ Jesuit - last league game before playoffs

Go Andy, Go Wildcats!

Go Jeff, Go Eagles! Go Sweden!

02-28-2008, 05:00 PM
I am normally VERY skeptical about recruits in general and especially long-shot big men, but I have watched Poling several times in person this season and I have an unsubstantiated hunch that this kid could be very good. Obviously he needs a year to mature as a red shirt and he needs a a lot of help from strength coaches, etc., but he just seems to have that certain "spark". Kind of like some of those Australian kids that played for GU before GU broke into the big time or maybe like Pendo was when he played for Brewster before GU coaching staff got ahold of him.

Anyway, as they sing in my favorite song (or it was my favorite song before I was arrested for stalking) - "I'll be watching you".

02-28-2008, 05:33 PM
Not even to the half yet and Hobbs is up by 31 pts. "Blowout" isn't even an appropriate description.

02-28-2008, 05:56 PM
Well, shoot. 57-18, Hobbs over Carlsbad. That doesn't make for an exciting game to listen to. It's all over but for Jeff grabbing the Swedish flag and running around the arena. 39 point lead, and the last score I heard for Jeff was 15. Probably more, since I got distracted.

02-28-2008, 06:03 PM
Oh dear! 72-22. 50-point lead for Hobbs. You'd think these guys were invincible, until you'd listened to a Hobbs-Clovis game .... :(

02-28-2008, 06:36 PM
Westview's roster per Maxpreps:

1 Josh Hill G
12 Ricky Egger WING
14 Tim Coons WING
22 Garrett Jackson WING, POST
24 Hayes Garrity WING
30 Tyler Klassy WING
32 Terrell Wallace G, WING
34 Ryan Miller WING, POST
51 Sam Haag POST
53 Kyle Oberst POST
54 Andy Poling POST
55 Austin Kuemper POST

Jesuit's Roster:

10 Raphiel Lambert P
11 Michael Hart W
12 Patrick Jansa W
13 Sam Kaempf P
14 Stephen Holt P
15 Tim Nichoies W
20 Ted Coburn P
21 Spencer Beyrie P
22 Kyle Spepanek P
23 Brad Gerbing W
24 Connor Cunningham W
31 Brenton Spickerman P
32 Indy Ashford W
42 Kyle Wiltjer P

Jesuit ahead 11-6

02-28-2008, 06:50 PM
22-19 with Jesuit on top early in the second quarter. By my count, 3 blocks by Andy so far.

Another block by Andy!

02-28-2008, 06:59 PM
Tied up at the half, 24-24. Stats coming up.

Andy and Wiltjer each have 6 points.

02-28-2008, 07:49 PM
Jesuit wins, 50-48. I think I heard them say that means Westview takes a #3 seed into the tournament. Seesaw game, all the way.

Andy scores 14, Wiltjer 10. Free throws really killed Westview, as they shot 2-12 from the ft line. Did I hear that right? We'll see. That's awful.

02-28-2008, 08:46 PM
More great stuff frmo ZN! Thanks for the updates!

02-28-2008, 09:48 PM
I'm curious to see what kind of student Andy turns out to be for GU. I have a feeling that he might just be great, based on what I've read about him. We need another Pendo-type for the all-academic WCC team. He comes from a great family, from all reports, and appears to have his head screwed on straight. ;)

02-29-2008, 08:46 AM
Don't know if it warrants a new thread so I'll stick it here. The link below is to the Hobbs Schools website and the video at the top is a highlight film of the Hobbs vs. Clovis game on Feb. 22. The first minute should be interesting to those of you watching Mr. Taylor. A dunk, three pointer and big block between :40 and 1:00 of the movie.


Edit: And there is a pretty oop that one of the Clovis players threw down in the last part of the movie.

02-29-2008, 08:56 AM
Also, if any of you want to make the trek down to Clovis tomorrow (I know it's a long trip) I have two extra tickets. Doors open at 5:00 pm Mountain time. :)

02-29-2008, 08:56 AM
Hobbs must vanquish the evil Clovis.