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.”
Kyle Impero (2) in action for Whatcom Community College. Courtesy of WWU Athletics.
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.
Impero also averaged 6.9 rebounds. 2.8 assists and 2.2 steals, shooting 47.6 percent from the field.
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.
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.