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," Dominguez said in a news release. "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.