Gonzaga is shooting to be a No. 1 seed in the upcoming NCAA Tournament. It will have to clinch it without one of its best players for most of, if not all of the rest of the regular season.
6-foot-10 forward Killian Tillie has had a rough go of it this year.
After averaging 12.9 points and 5.9 rebounds as a sophomore last season, and was especially impressive in the post-season, winning the WCC Tournament Player of the Year in 2018.
He was expected to take a leap and become one of the best players on the Zags this year. Instead, he’s been dealing with serious injuries since the start of the season.
Tillie missed the first two months of the year with a stress fracture in his ankle. Now, he may be out for the rest of the year due to a partially torn plantar fascia.
Killian Tillie’s latest injury occurred during the second half of Gonzaga’s recent game against San Francisco.
The good news, Gonzaga leads USF 66-48 w/11:21 to play. The bad news, Killian Tillie limped off the court after a made basket. The junior forward’s right foot appeared to be giving him some discomfort. pic.twitter.com/yJIqMtJF1Z
— Femi Abebefe (@SWXFemi) February 8, 2019
Luckily, Tillie won’t need surgery, and the team holds out hope that he can return for a potential title run.
However, it doesn’t sound super promising for him to get much run before that.
From Mark Few, via The Spokesman-Review:
“We feel terrible for Killian,” coach Mark Few said. “He is an incredible teammate and an absolute joy to coach. Killian is a tough kid. We are hopeful treatment will go well and we get him back for postseason.”
Tillie was still rounding into form from the first injury, and was averaging 6 points and 4.2 rebounds in 17.2 minutes per game this season. He’s appeared in nine games.
The Zags are 22-2 on the year, and undefeated in WCC play.