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Posted On: 01/24/18 3:21 PM
Six-foot-1, 175 pound guard Kyler McGillis is leading St. John during another undefeated season and he’s a top Mr. Basketball/Player of the Year candidate.
The Woodchchucks have had a few close games (New Rockford-Sheyenne, Dunseith, Hazen, MLS) but for the most part St. John has steamrolled many opponents.
“I learned that we came off to a good start of the season, but we’re not completely satisfied or playing to our fullest capabilities yet,” McGillis said. “We have room for improvement and look forward to accomplishing a new step, every game.
“Our biggest challenge right now is improving our defense. We can put up points on the scoreboard, but we need to work on decreasing the other team’s points. Defense wins the big games and we look to improve on it heavily.”
The Region Four hurdle has been Four Winds/Minnewaukan and this year the focus of the Woodchucks is getting over that hurdle, and then some.
“Our number one biggest goal is to not only go to the state tournament, but win it as well,” Kyler said.
“I believe if we can make it there, and if we play to our full potential, we can surprise a lot of people. A personal goal of mine is to keep leading this team as best as I can and keep rolling.”
Kyler is scoring 31 points per game through a dozen contests with four assists a game, 5.3 rebounds a night, and 3.4 steals. His team is undefeated and schools are interested in him at the next level.
“I’ve heard from Lake Region, Dakota College, and Jamestown for ball, and a few others from football,” McGillis said.
Kyler recently surpassed 1,500 career points which is an amazing accomplishment.