MACOMB, Ill.- Leatherneck signee Ben Pyle has been named the Kansas men’s basketball ‘Player of the Year’ by kansas-sports.com, the website announced last week. Pyle comes to the Western Illinois men’s basketball program after a highly decorated career at McPherson High School.
“Western Illinois is getting a tremendously well-rounded player who has the ability to play a number of positions,” said McPherson High School basketball coach Kurt Kinnamon. “During his career, Ben has virtually rewritten the record book at the most storied basketball program in the state of Kansas.”
Pyle has led his McPherson squad to a 90-9 record, including a 4-A state championship in 2015, and to three runner-up appearances (2016-18). During his senior year in 2018, the Wichita Eagle and the Topeka Capital-Journal named Pyle to their respective first team all-state lists, and Pyle made appearances on the second team lists in 2017.
In 2017 and 2018, the Kansas Basketball Coaches’ Association named the Leatherneck signee to the 4-A first team. Pyle tops nearly every category in McPherson basketball history, ranking first in career games (99), career points (1,560), career rebounds (614), and career 3-pointers made (173), and is fifth all-time in assists with 262. During his senior season, Pyle averaged 22.5 points, 7.6 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 2.5 steals and 1.5 blocks.