Have you ever wondered what it takes to succeed in life? Well, it all starts with your small, regular efforts. The term there is stability, in actuality. Continue pushing, working, trusting, and praying. Just remain true to who you are.
Kyle David Hittle is a living example of this!
Hittle was raised in New Braunfels, Texas, where he attended New Braunfels High School and was born to Karl and Beth Hittle. He graduated from the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW), San Antonio, Texas, with a bachelor’s degree in finance and a master’s degree in business administration.
From 2010 to 2012, Hittle was a player on the varsity at New Braunfels High School. He was chosen for the 2012 Herald-Zeitung All-Comal County Team and the Boys Basketball Player of the Year. He holds the school record for all-time career points (1,280). In 2011 and 2012, he was named to the All-Comal County Team and the First Team All-District 25-A. He was also named Tri-MVP and First Team All-District 25-A in 2011. He was selected for the All-Tournament Team while playing for the New Braunfels’ AAU team that won the National Championship in Las Vegas in 2010. Hittle had his number retired by New Braunfels High School in 2017 and his jersey hangs in the NBHS gym today.
Hittle, as a student at the University of the Incarnate Word, was chosen as the Co-Freshman of the Year after making his collegiate debut in the Lone Star Conference. He made 41.3 percent of his three-point attempts while shooting 49.0 percent from the field. He was selected to the College Sports Madness All-Southland Conference and All-Academic Southland Conference teams during his sophomore season competing at the D-1 level for the first time and finished among the top six scorers in the Southland Conference.
In front of 10,000 devoted Husker fans at Nebraska during his junior season, Hittle scored the most significant shot in school history when he sank the game-winning shot on a baseline fallaway jumper, giving him 18 points for the contest and giving UIW a huge win. After this junior season, he was recognized with an honorable mention on the Southland Conference First Team, College Sports Madness All-Southland Conference, All-Academic First Team, and Southland Commissioner’s Honor Roll.
After his senior season he concluded his UIW career by being listed in the top five at UIW for career points (1,569), 3-pointers made (224), 3-point field goal percentage (41.4), and rebounds (576). He also maintains the school record for 3-point field goal percentage in a single game (1.000, 9-9, 2014). He received honors his senior year as Capital One Academic All-District VII, HoopsHD.com All-Conference Player, and Southland Conference Student Athlete of the Year for 2016.
After graduating from UIW, Hittle spent two years playing professionally overseas. The first year Hittle played for Club Ourense Baloncesto in Spain’s LEB Oro-Federación Espaola de Baloncesto league starting one-third of the 34 games he played. His second season was with Avila Autentica Bulevar in the LEB Plata Baloncesto league starting all of the 36 games played.
From being labeled “too small” coming out of high school to being one of the best players in college and in Spain, Kyle is a living example that we are all capable. He believes that even though we are special or different, we are not unique. We may all be someone, but our desire to do so will determine how we will behave moving forward!