Tillie

(Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

SPOKANE- Shortly after the season ended, the Gonzaga Bulldogs men’s basketball program looked like it was going to suffer a mass exodus of talent. With Josh Perkins graduating and Rui Hachimura, Brandon Clarke, Zach Norvell Jr. and Killian Tillie all announcing for the NBA Draft.

The Zags caught a break Wednesday afternoon when former WCC Tournament MVP, Tillie, pulled his name from the NBA Draft and announced he was returning to Gonzaga for his senior year.

Tillie missed 22 games last season but last time we saw him healthy he was a key piece of the Bulldog’s team. Predominately a defensive specialist, the last full season Tillie played he made 58 percent of his shots, including 47.9 percent of his three-point shots. He averaged just under six rebounds and 13 points a game that season.

Even as a role player last year, Tillie proved to be effective, playing a huge role in the opening game of the NCAA Tournament. Tillie scored 17 points and had four assists in the team’s win over Fairleigh Dickson University.

The Bulldogs look like they’re going to be just fine next season, with the return of Tillie among other moves. Tuesday, reigning West Coast Conference Freshman of the Year, Filip Petrusev, announced he’d be returning for his sophomore year. Add graduate transfer, Admon Glider and a strong recruiting class and the Zags look primed to dominate the WCC for another season.

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