Killian Tillie declares for 2019 NBA draft; fourth Zag to make the decision this year
SPOKANE, WASH. — Gonzaga junior Killian Tillie announced Sunday that he plans to submit his name for the 2019 NBA Draft and hire an agent. Under new NCAA rules, Tillie can sign with an NCAA-certified agent, receive feedback and still return to school.
“I have informed Coach Few that I wish to take advantage of the new NCAA rules and enter my name into the NBA Draft,” Tillie said. “Playing in the NBA has been a long term goal of mine and I know I have a unique opportunity to fulfill this dream. I plan to take the pre-draft process extremely seriously. I want to thank Coach Few and the coaching staff for their backing on this decision, along with the support and love from my family. I also want to thank my teammates for three incredible years, along with the most amazing fans in the country at Gonzaga.”
Tillie will have until May 29 to make a final decision as to whether he wishes to remain in the draft or return to Gonzaga.
“We feel horrible for Killian with the bad run of injuries he’s had, but we’re hoping he can get healthy and have a good stretch of workouts and show how talented of a player he is,” Gonzaga Head Coach Mark Few said. “We will support him and help him make the best decision.”
Tillie has not yet determined his final status and will utilize new NCAA rules that allow players to sign with NCAA-certified agents. As in years past, players can submit paperwork to receive evaluations from the NBA and participate – if invited – in the NBA Draft Combine.
Tillie was a preseason All-West Coast Conference selection before missing 22 games with injuries this season. In 15 appearances, he averaged 6.2 points and 3.9 rebounds per game. The Cagnes-sur-Mer, France native, made 10 blocks and had 10 steals in 2018-19. He made 50 percent of his shots from the field, including 43.8 percent (14-of-32) from three-point range.
Tillie was tabbed Second Team All-WCC following the 2017-18 season. He averaged 12.9 points and 5.9 rebounds per game in his sophomore season.
Tillie has been a key piece to three trips to the Sweet 16, two Elite Eights, and an appearance in the national championship game. The Zags have won a national best 102 games over the past three seasons, going 50-2 in West Coast Conference play with three league regular season titles.