May 1, 2014
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Men's basketball guard Kyle Impero, who was the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges Northern Region Most Valuable Player at Whatcom Community College last season, has accepted a scholarship offer to compete at Western Washington University beginning this fall. Making that announcement Thursday was Vikings' head coach Tony Dominguez.
"We are very excited to have Kyle back in the program," said Dominguez. "He has proven to be an outstanding player and we believe he fits our style of play tremendously. Kyle is so versatile and can play numerous positions and with his ability to score and rebound he gives us a threat we need to be successful."
The 6-foot-4 Impero averaged 28.3 points a game as a sophomore for the Orcas, helping them to a 19-8 record, a regional title and the NWAACC tournament. He scored 40 or more points in four games with a collegiate career-high of 43 against Olympic CC.
Impero also averaged 6.9 rebounds. 2.8 assists and 2.2 steals, shooting 47.6 percent (253-of-531) from the field, 35.4 percent (45-of-127) from 3-point range, and 80.8 percent (185-of-229) at the free throw line.
Impero, who was a WWU redshirt in 2011-12, also was a first-team NWAACC regional all-star as a freshman for the Orcas in 2012-13. That season he averaged 20.4 points, 7.2 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.0 steals.
Impero was voted Class 1A State Player of the Year honors by the Washington Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association as a senior at Nooksack Valley High School, averaging 26.9 points. He was a first-team Associated Press Class 1A All-State selection, Bellingham Herald All-Whatcom County Player of the Year and Northwest Conference Most Valuable Player.
Impero also played in the WIBCA All-State game and was MVP of the Whatcom County All-Star Game, scoring 31 points.
Impero led NVHS to an 18-11 record and sixth place at state. He scored 30 or more points in a game 10 times, and tallied a career-high and school-record 49 points in one contest, that performance coming versus Bellingham.
At state, Impero earned first-team all-tournament honors, breaking a record that had stood since 1964 by scoring 151 points (30.2 avg.).
As a junior, Impero was a first-team all-conference and all-Whatcom County pick, averaging 15.8 points, 4.0 assists, 5.8 rebounds and 1.4 steals. He was a second-team all-tourney choice at state on a squad that placed eighth.
Impero was a two-time team MVP for the Pioneers and twice a Seattle Times Player of the Week.
WWU, which graduated three starters, finished 20-8 last year, just missing out on a third straight NCAA II West Regional berth. The Vikings lost by three points in the title game of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Tournament and placed second (13-5) in the GNAC regular-season standings.
Kyle Impero (12) (pronounced Im-PIER-oh), Guard, 6-4, 165, 21, 4/12/93, Junior, Everson, WA
COLLEGE: Transfer from Whatcom CC ... Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges Northern Region Most Valuable Player as sophomore for Orcas in 2013-14 ... Averaged NWAACC-leading 28.3 points per game on 19-8 team that won regional title and won one of three games at NWAACC Tournament ... Also averaged 6.9 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.2 steals ... Shot 47.6 percent (253-of-531) from the field, 35.4 percent (45-of-127) from 3-point range, and 80.8 percent (185-of-229) at free throw line ... Scored 40 or more points in four games with collegiate career-high 43 against Olympic CC ... First-team NWAACC regional all-star as freshman in 2012-13 ... Averaged 20.4 points, 7.2 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 2.7 assists on squad that got to NWAACC tourney ... Two letters ... Redshirt at WWU in 2011-12.
HIGH SCHOOL: Named state's Class 1A Player of the Year by Washington Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association and first-team Associated Press Class 1A all-state selection as senior at Nooksack Valley High School ... Bellingham Herald All-Whatcom County Player of the Year and Northwest Conference Most Valuable Player ... Played in WIBCA All-State game, helping 1A defeat 2A ... MVP of Whatcom County All-Star Game, scoring 31 points ... Averaged 26.9 points per game, scoring 30 or more in contest 10 times and scored career-high and school-record 49 points, that coming versus Bellingham ... Also averaged 3.8 assists, 5.9 rebounds and 2.5 steals ... Helped Pioneers to 18-11 record and sixth place at state ... First-team all-tournament pick at state ... Scored 151 points (30.2 average) at state, breaking tournament record that had stood since 1964 ... First-team Northwest Conference and all-Whatcom County as junior, averaging 15.8 points, 4.0 assists, 5.8 rebounds and 1.4 steals ... Second-team all-tournament pick at state on squad that finished eighth ... "Sixth man" as sophomore ... Three-year letter winner ... Twice named NVHS MVP and Seattle Times Player of the Week.
PERSONAL: Major is business management.
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