Kansas 5A Player of the Year Grace Pyle (McPherson HS) commits to Pitt State
Pyle was the Sports in Kansas 5A Girls Player of the Year this year for McPherson.
The Pittsburg State women’s basketball program has landed one of the best players in the state of Kansas, with McPherson’s Grace Pyle committing to join the Gorillas on Monday.
“It feels good to get it out of the way and be able to enjoy my senior year without the pressure,” Pyle says, “The recruiting process was definitely different (due to COVID-19). Most of the time you couldn’t go on campus visits. I was lucky enough to go on my visit before COVID hit, so I got to see what Pitt had to offer. The coaching staff had been recruiting me since my sophomore year. They were always checking in on me. We didn’t always talk about basketball. Coach (Amanda) Davied was interested in my life and what was going on, and of course basketball was always a part of the conversations.”
Pyle was the Sports in Kansas 5A Girl’s Player of the Year as a junior last winter for McPherson, while also earning league MVP honors. She posted 15.7 points, 8.3 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 3 steals per game.
She still has one year to go in high school, but is preparing for life in the college game.
“Everyone says your first year is a big transition, but I’m definitely ready for it,” Pyle adds, “I plan on doing whatever it takes to help the team win, whether that’s scoring, rebounding or playing solid defense. I definitely want to win a few MIAA titles and maybe even a national championship.”
Pyle will join a Pitt State program that is one of the most consistent in the MIAA. The Gorillas are averaging 23 wins per season since the start of the 2013-2014 season. Pitt State has made the national tournament six times since 2012, making the Elite 8 twice (2012, 2016).
“I’m super excited to be joining a program with such high expectations,” Pyle says of coming to Pittsburg, “It does remind me a lot of McPherson…There’s a lot of rich history and a very supportive fan base. That was really helpful with my choice. I can’t wait to show the town of Pittsburg what I have to offer and take my game to the next level. I’m so ready to get after it with some of the best players in the midwest!”