After a stellar career at Gardner Edgerton High School, point guard Kyle Huppe will continue to play basketball next season at Xavier University in Chicago.
He made it official April 17 signing a national letter of intent in front of family and friends in the school’s lecture hall.
“I was real impressed with the school and coaching staff at Xavier,” said Huppe, who will pursue a degree in Pre Health. “Academically, I liked the smaller class size and felt like I had a good opportunity to fit in with the team quickly.”
A three-year starter at GEHS, Huppe averaged 17 points per game his senior season. During his career, he scored over 20 points six times, including 28 points against Olathe North and 26 points against Blue Valley North. He shot 52 percent from two point range, 35 percent from beyond the 3-point arc and 82 percent from the free throw line.
“Kyle was one of the smartest kids I have ever coached,” said GEHS coach Jeff Langrehr. “He was a tremendous team leader and besides scoring led our team in taking charges and was an excellent rebounder.”
Huppe was recently recognized by several state newspapers and basketball associations. He was named to the Kansas Basketball Coaches Associations 6A All-State team and was a first team All Eastern Kansas League selection. He earned honorable mention by the Wichita Eagle and Topeka Capital-Journal and recently earned “Athlete of the Week” honors by the Kansas City Star.
“(Kyle) went up against the other teams’ best defender each night and still put up big numbers. He was a huge reason we finished third again in one of the state’s toughest leagues,” Langrehr said.
Huppe is joining an Xavier program steeped in basketball tradition.
Under the direction of Hall of Fame coach Tom O’Malley , the Cougars posted a 29-6 record and placed second in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic conference. The Cougars are a Division 2 NAIA team and annually reach the national tournament.
“Kyle came in and worked out with the team last summer and we were immediately impressed,”said O”Malley. “He is a tremendous shooter,ball handler and with work should make an immediate contribution at the point guard position.”
Huppe is the son of Gary and Lisa Huppe of Edgerton.