Pilots are excited to announce the signing of Kyile Byrd
April 13, 2006
Shreveport, LA---While the memories of the 2006 season is still fresh on the minds of LSUS Basketball fans, Head Coach Chad McDowell and company has already begun rebuilding for the highly anticipated 2006-2007 season. While many nay-sayers believe that the loss of five senior players may be too big of a challenge to replace, Coach McDowell believes he has taken a huge first step and is pleased to announce the newest member of the LSUS Basketball family in Kyile Byrd.
At 6’6 and 235 pounds, most would think that the Pilots have found themselves a solid post player. According to Coach McDowell however, none of those words can describe Byrd. He is much better than a solid player, and his strength does not come from the post position. Byrd is a big and strong wing player that can shoot from any where on the floor as well as any one in the country. At the University of Texas-San Antonio, Byrd led the Road Runners in three-point field goal percentage connecting on 23-of-46 of attempts.
“Kyile’s numbers from the three-point line speak for themselves, and Pilot fans can rest assure that he will have many more than 46 attempts. With his size and overall ability to play the game, I am very confident that he will be a significant factor in next year’s team’s success,” commented McDowell.
Kyile comes to LSUS with one year of eligibility remaining with the confidence that it will be his best and most memorable year of his college basketball career. When asked about the decision to transfer to play for the Pilots, Byrd stated “I am glad to finally come to my decision and now I am looking forward to next season. I am happy to be part of a winning program and excited about being a big part in the continued success of the LSUS Pilots.”
After having Byrd on campus this past weekend and getting to know him as both a player and more importantly a person, this young man was a “must have” according to Coach McDowell. Simply stated by McDowell, “he is an excellent basketball player and even a better person. Kyile is the type of young man that every coach is looking for, and we are excited that he has decided to join our family.”
F . 6-6 . 240 . Jr.-TR
Grand Prairie, Texas
UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS - SAN ANTONIO
Averaged 5.2 points and 2.4 rebounds per game as a junior at UTSA ~ Started 8 of 28 games and averaged 16.2 minutes per game
Last 9 games of 2005 - 2006 season: Averaged 7.5 points and 4 rebounds per game shooting 54% from 3-point line and playing 21 minutes a game ~ UTSA finished the season 11 - 17 overall and 6 - 10 in conference play
Averaged 8.0 points and 7.0 rebounds per game as a sophomore at Lon Morris Junior College . The Bearcats advanced to the NJCAA National Tournament in 2003-04.
Three-year letterman at South Grand Prairie High School in Grand Prairie, Texas . As a senior he averaged 16.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game . South Grand Prairie was a playoff participant in each of his three seasons there . Named MVP of his district as a senior . First team all-district selection in both his junior and senior years.
Kyile L. Byrd Jr. was born on Nov. 10, 1984 in Lawton, Okla. . Son of Kyile Sr. and Ruthillia Byrd of Grand Prairie . Majoring in communication . Name is pronounced Kyle.