Guam – “It was a moment of accomplishment when I got the notice from Christ School Greenies basketball varsity coach David Gaines that I would be next year’s starting point guard for the team,” said Kyle Husslein. The Greenies are ranked 42 in the nation in the Powerade Fab 50 ESPN Team rankings.
Husslein’s moment of glory quickly dissipated knowing he had some big shoes to fill. Christ senior 6’6 Darmarcus Harrison graduates in May and has signed with Brigham Young University on a full scholarship. “It’s going to be a challenge to match Harrison’s game but I’m ready for it,” stated Husslein during a phone interview from North Carolina.
Husslein who was born and raised on Guam transferred to Christ School in North Carolina August 2009 and is currently a freshman. Husslein’s passion for basketball began at the age of nine playing for the Tamuning Typhoons basketball club. “I would watch players like Edgardo Baza, Ashton Wong and John
Ilao during club practices telling myself I wanted to be good like them when I got older,” reminisced Husslein.
The perseverance, dedication and additional training on Guam proved to his dad, Joseph Husslein, that he was serious about being good. The result was his dad enrolling him at IMG basketball summer camps in Florida, going off island to compete with in the Typhoons traveling team program and his dedication to training on and off the court.
At fourteen Husslein packed up his bags with a heavy heart and headed to North Carolina to start his eighth grade year as a boarding student at Christ School. “It was hard for me to leave friends and family behind but knew this was my chance to pursue my dream,” said Husslein. It would be one of many sacrifices Husslein would make as life on campus was lonely and different. “I would think about Guam often and couldn’t wait for school breaks to come home,” said Husslein. He describes spending all of his spare time at the school gym working out and practicing “My classmates got to go visit their families on the weekends while I spent my time at the gym working on my game,” said Husslein.
The result of countless training and practice sessions paid off as he moves up to the varsity team as a sophomore which makes him nervous but quickly responds that he is ready for the challenge. In preparation for the varsity team Husslein was selected to play for the AAU 16U club team Carolina Kings and will be touring with the team to AAU tournaments held throughout the state on weekends. “I was advised to play in the AAU tournaments to stay in basketball shape and keep my skills sharpened,” said Husslein in a phone interview. He describes his experience after two weekends of AAU tournaments that playing against teams averaging 6’4 in height is not easy so finishing strong is a must. Husslein averages 15 points a game and the Kings placed 3rd out of 15 teams in the Forest City AAU tournament games.
“Kyle is a testament for Guam athletes that they can succeed in a sport through hard work, dedication and perseverance. His goal to be all that he can be makes me proud of his accomplishments,” said his dad Joseph Husslein in a phone interview from Hawaii. He adds that Kyle not only dedicates his time to
basketball but has excelled in academics making the honor roll list as a freshman. Husslein returns to Guam for a short summer break then heads to Florida to attend IMG basketball camp. Husslein’s heart remains on Guam and is proud of where his home is at. “I am looking forward to coming home and spending time at Tamuning Gym playing ball where it all began,” said an excited Husslein.
Information from a press release.