MOSES LAKE — Kyle Karstetter’s lifelong goal has been to play Division 1 basketball and reach March Madness.
He’s halfway there.
The 6-foot-5 wing announced his commitment to Idaho State University this week.
Karstetter said he had talked with Eastern Washington, Pepperdine, Alaska Fairbanks, Seattle Pacific, Chico State and Idaho State. Karstetter took official visits to Idaho State and Chico State, and an unofficial visit to Seattle Pacific. Ultimately, the Bengals separated themselves.
“What stood out about Idaho State was the coaching staff and the team,” Karstetter said. “It felt like a family and you could tell all of them were happy being there. The coaching staff is all new and they all have been very successful with their previous teams.”
The Bengals finished 11-19 overall and 7-13 in the Big Sky Conference last season. Karstetter is optimistic about the future.
“I truly think they will turn the program around and compete for the Big Sky Championship,” he said. “I think we will make it there (March Madness).”
Karstetter said it was a “big relief” to finish his recruiting process before the state of his senior season. Karstetter broke out as a junior, expanding his scoring ability and throwing down dunks to ignite the Chiefs’ gym.
Karstetter’s combination of length and quickness at 6-5 should aid him at the next level, as well as a more consistent jump shot.
“Over the summer, I really got my confidence back and my shot has been falling ever since,” he said.
Karstetter said he will need to continue to improve his quickness and strength as he transitions to college basketball. Idaho State informed him he needs to gain 20 pounds before arriving on campus.
“I need to be in the weight room a lot more,” he said.