Noie has made brief mention that is not carved in stone (due to the status of Katenda), but that seems like a reach comment on his end. This has to be the first time with Brey having 13 on SS for the following season (came close several years ago, but Harden transferred).
He wants to go somewhere with more of a role, a place that will work around his skills (ball in his hands, shooting) and hide his weakness (man to man defense). They fit his style. He wouldn't get that at UK. Gonzaga also has success with transfers like him.
Another reason is that he's very, very close to his family and Gonzaga is about 400 miles away (from Portland, OR) instead of cross country. I'm sure that played a part.
There's also the fact that he's friends with some Gonzaga players. A high school friends committed to play there this past year. Plus he just finished playing with the Canadian national team and hanging out with Gonzaga's point gaurd.
Too bad. He sounds like a perfect fit for Brey and ND.
Maybe Achonwa can give him a call. :-)
Also, I get the fact that both are Canadian but Ace has played for high level Canadian National teams (such as in the Olympics) and KW has not (in fact he is trying out for a developmental team right now). KW played HS ball in Portland Oregon and Ace played in Ontario- about 2500 miles apart. It is very likely she does not know him.
KW is a nice player and he has some skills besides shooting treys, in the same manner that Colin Falls had some skills besides shooting treys.
IMO he is not a perfect fit for Brey and ND. If ND is going to have trey sharp shooters on the team, they better be 6'3 to 6'7 wings who are mobile and can guard other wings.
One other comparison: I saw a 6'11 SG at ND a few seasons ago and have no interest in seeing a 6'9 SG. I'd rather have a Rob Kurz type player instead of Wiltjer or Luke Zeller. From reports this 2014 PF prospect from MD (Geben) is a Kurz type player and ND has offered him.
There are/were at least 10 transfers this off-season who were or are better fits at ND if they had room to add a transfer.