Spain Looking for Right Fit

Kansas Coach Bill Self did not tap into the west coast pipeline with his first recruiting class at Kansas. Round two could be different.

One west coast prospect on the Kansas radar is Kyle Spain, a 6-5 small forward who's considered to be among the best SF out west.

Spain's Newark Memorial High School team just completed their season with a 26-5 record. The season didn't end like Spain had hoped, but the 215 pound junior says it was a good year overall.

"We got upset in the playoffs, but it was a good year. We're going to be pretty good next year, I think."

With no high school season to focus on, Spain will shift his attention to the many schools his currently considering. Spain's decision appears to be a long ways away, and he doesn't intend to narrow down his lengthy list until the end of the summer.

"I'm currently looking at Miami, Kansas, Gonzaga, Washington, Arizona, San Diego State, Cal, Nevada, and Oregon."

With the bulk of his options being west coast teams and his hometown being Newark, CA, one might think Spain is hoping to stay on the western side of the country. The smooth shooting SF says that's not the case though. Apparently, it's more about the right fit, than it is the right zip code.

"Right now, it just whatever school would fit me the best. If the best fit is on the east coast, I'll play on the east coast. If the best fit is out west, I'll stay out west. It's all about the right fit for me."

So which school has the look of a good fit?

"I don't know. It's really wide open. I don't have a leader or leaders right now."

Spain does have three schools he'd like to officially visit though.

"I definitely want to visit Miami, Arizona , and Washington."

All three have shown considerable interest, but no one has rolled out the red carpet further than California to this point in Spain's recruitment.

"Cal has probably shown me the most interest and they've offered me a scholarship. That's my only offer so far. That doesn't make them the leader though, I'm trying to explore my options."

Spain is also trying to better his game. Right now he lists shooting as his best attribute, but wants to build on his sweet stroke.

"(I'm best at) shooting. My range is good and I'm good at getting to the basket. I'm working on my total game though."

As he works on his skills, Spain has his sights set on his favorite NBA hoopster, Denver 's Carmelo Anthony. Spain sees a few similarities when comparing his game to ‘Melo's.

"He's my favorite player. His style, his shooting, the way he moves out there, we're similar those areas."

Spain and Anthony likely won't share alma maters though. Syracuse is not in his picture and ironically, the team that Anthony beat for his national championship ring is a school that definitely intrigues this rising star from Newark.

"I think (Kansas) is a very good program with very good players. I'm not sure about their education program yet, but I do know their basketball program has been very good for a very long time."

Wherever Spain winds up, basketball won't be the only thing he's studying on campus. Spain says the quality of education at his prospective schools is very important to him as he prepares for a career in Kinesiology.


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