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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Moundridge’s Huxman inks with Tabor basketball

  • Moundridge High School boys basketball coach Vance Unrau knows that Tabor College is getting not only an excellent athlete in recent signee Kyle Huxman, but an outstanding person, as well.
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  • Moundridge High School boys basketball coach Vance Unrau knows that Tabor College is getting not only an excellent athlete in recent signee Kyle Huxman, but an outstanding person, as well.
    “He grew as much as an athlete and as a basketball player throughout his high school career about as much as anyone could ask,” Unrau said. “That, in itself, speaks very highly of his character and work ethic. Kyle did whatever we would ask of him and started every game of his senior season.”
    Huxman signed his letter of intent to play basketball for the Blue Jays April 2 and felt the decision to head to Hillsboro for his post-high school career was an easy one.
    “I like the proximity it has to home and that it offers a faith-based education,” Huxman said. “I also know several people that have gone there, and everyone speaks highly of it.”
    As a Wildcat, Huxman was a key member of the 2013 third place Class 2A state team. He also went to state his sophomore year and received both All-league honors and an Academic All-State nod after this past season.
    Huxman has also been awarded All-Heart of America honors in football his junior and senior year, plus a football Academic All-State nod.
    Of course, he’s making the leap from a high school steeped in a tradition of excellence on the court to one that has seen much success in recent years in both the KCAC and the NAIA under seventh-year head coach Micah Ratzlaff.
    Tabor won the KCAC men’s tournament championship March 3 as the fifth seed, punching a ticket to the NAIA national tournament in the process. They fell in the first round of the tournament March 13 to Indiana University Southeast.
    The successes the Blue Jays have enjoyed, plus the coaching style of Ratzlaff, caught Huxman’s eye.
    “I think [Ratzlaff] will help me improve my game,” Huxman said. “The team did well this year making it into the National tournament and I'm looking forward to becoming a part of the program.”
    Huxman was a utility man for the Wildcats, as he was able to adapt and play anywhere he was needed on the floor. While he says the coaching staff hasn’t discussed his role in depth, he feels they will slot him in a guard position next fall, though Unrau thinks he could still go anywhere Tabor will need come next fall.
    “He plays much bigger than he is because of his leaping ability, intelligence and uncanny ability to anticipate where the ball is going,” Unrau said. “He is a relentless rebounder and tenacious defender. He will have to continue to develop his mid-range shot and adjust to the speed of the game at the college level.”
    Page 2 of 2 - In the meantime, Huxman is hitting the gym to keep himself in top shape.
    “Right now, I'm just staying in the weight room trying to make myself better,” Huxman said. “I also try to shoot at least a couple times each week and will go to scrimmages at Tabor on Thursdays during the summer and whenever else I can.”
    Huxman, the son of Rod and Kay Huxman, is undecided on a major as yet, but is considering architectural engineering or drafting.
    Contact Chris Swick by email at cswick@mcphersonsentinel.com and follow him on Twitter @SwickSentinel.

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