Kyser Adds Length, Athleticism

Louisiana Tech Head Basketball Coach Mike White doesn't waste any time finding weaknesses in his program and then doing something about it. One of the first things he mentioned after taking the job was the need to get longer and more athletic up front. Enter Mike Kyser.

Mike Kyser

Mike Kyser is from Lancaster High School near Dallas, a school known also for producing standout football players. Kyser, a 6'9" 210 pound power forward, signed with Lamar out of high school.

Kyser decided instead to take his talents to Christian Life Academy where players like Olu Ashalou, DeAndre Jordan, and Kourtney Roberson have played before moving on to bigger stages. Christian Life Head Coach Carlos Wilson does a very good job of developing big men.

"Recruiting was up and down in high school," said Kyser, who signed with Louisiana Tech recently. "It was a hard road, but going to prep school really helped. It prepared me for basketball, but also in the classroom."

"Schools like Lamar and Campbell were on me, but I couldn't get a major college offer," said Kyser. "At prep school, I got a lot stronger and I gained more confidence. It helped to play against guys that were bigger than me on a daily basis in practice."

"I signed with Lamar again in the early period because I wanted to be loyal to them," explained Kyser. "When they replaced Coach Roccaforte, I got my release."

"Coach White really showed interest and developed a realationship with me and my mom," added Kyser. "He had a plan for me academically and thats important. I plan on taking classes this summer."

With 6'7" power forwards J.L. Lewis and Duece Johnson already on campus, as well as having two senior centers on the team, Coach White was on the lookout for more height on his team. Lewis and Johnson are heavier, more physical forwards while Kyser is leaner and more athletic. His athletic ability will add a dimension to the front court that was otherwise lacking.

In just a few short weeks, Mike White has already started to improve his roster. With two weeks left in the signing period, he may have one more spot to fill. Stay tuned for all the latest.

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