September 15, 2008

Matt Kyle To Play Professionally In Portugal

Sept. 15, 2008

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Matt Kyle '08, who finished his Yale career sixth in school history in blocked shots, has signed a professional contract to play for Galitos FC in Barreiro, Portugal. Barreiro is right across the Rio Tejo River from Lisbon.

"The biggest reason I wanted to play professionally was to experience a new culture," Kyle said.

In his career at Yale, Kyle appeared in 91 games. As a senior, he averaged 7.5 points and 4.2 rebounds, both career highs, and was second in the Ivy League in blocked shots. After averaging 21.0 points in Yale's first two games, he was named the Ivy League Player of the Week. In his junior year, Kyle started a career-high 25 games at center and was third on the team in rebounding (3.8 rpg.).

"Playing at Yale helped me to prepare mentally and physically for this transition," Kyle said. "I am ready physically because I understand where I need to be conditioning and strength wise. I am more prepared mentally because I am used to dealing with classes on top of basketball."

Kyle will be one of three former Yalies currently playing professionally in Europe. Edwin Draughan '05 is playing for FOS Ouest Provence in France and Dominick Martin '06 is a member of Plasencia Extremadura in Spain.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity