Warner signs with Iowa Wesleyan

06/02/2011 10:04

By Alan K. Fox June 2, 2011

Titan basketball team leader Kyle Warner has signed a national letter of intent to play basketball for Iowa Wesleyan.

“I worked for coach Magnani at Iowa Wesleyan,” head coach Bruce Chavka said. “I am excited to have him sign one of our players. It is a privilege and an honor, both for Kyle and for our program here at Lane.”

Warner led the Titans in scoring last season with 15.6 points per game. He also led the team in three-point percentage (35 percent), assists (average 3.46 per game), steals (average 1.81 per game) and minutes played per game (30.4 average).

“It feels great to move on in my career past Lane,” Warner said. “Lane was a great place to develop skills that I was weak in before.”

The Tigers are a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletes Division II school located in Mount Pleasant, Iowa. They are coming off of a 24-6 season, winning the conference title and they were able to make it to the second round of the NAIA National tournament, where they lost in the second round to the eventual champions.

“I chose Iowa Wesleyan for many reasons. First off I liked the coaching staff a lot and they were very successful in the previous season, which is always a plus,” Warner said. “Plus the players were pretty cool and I think we will be good in future years.”

Head coach Alan Magnani was named the Paul Maaske Memorial Award winner, which goes to the most outstanding small college coach in Iowa.

Magnani couldn’t hide the excitement of signing a player like Warner.

“We love Kyle’s versatility and we feel he can do a great number of things for us, both offensively and defensively,” Magnani said. “Kyle will be a great fit for our system and style of play. He is athletic and has a very good basketball IQ.”

He also mentioned that he loves the fact that Warner has the history of being a winner.

“Kyle is an example of a student athlete getting a great start here at Lane, and availing himself of the opportunity to keep advancing athletically and academically,” Chavka said. “I am very proud of him.”