STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO
BURNET — Just like his dad and high school coach, Burnet High School senior Drew Kiser will play college basketball.
Kiser signed his letter of intent to play for the University of Texas-Dallas on April 26.
The son of Burnet High School boys basketball coach Roy Kiser and wife, Gina, noted he was impressed with the campus, the program, and all aspects of student life. He can play both guard positions and small forward.
His favorite position is shooting guard because “you can work without the ball to get open, and there’s times you do have the ball to create your own shot. I feel like it fits me.”
He said basketball is his favorite sport and that playing for his dad, who played at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, went beyond learning the Xs and Os.
“He definitely helped me with developing leadership qualities and seeing his example every day in practices and games and how to handle hard situations,” Kiser said.
Kiser was named the District 19-4A Player of the Year in 2016-17. The Bulldogs went 21-9 overall and 10-2 in district with a win against rival Liberty Hill and reached the second round of the playoffs.
The seniors on the team had been playing in summer leagues long before they were in high school.
Kiser said he feels especially close to those players.
“It means everything to me, just the family ties with all of them and the chance we had at a young age going through middle school and high school,” he said.
Roy Kiser said he will miss having his son on the roster for many reasons, especially one that can’t be coached.
“I’d always get compliments on how hard we played, especially on Drew,” he said. “There’s no substitute for that. He fits into their system. It’s a great school, a great educational opportunity. We’re excited.”
“To be able to play athletics at a collegiate level is unreal, it’s special,” he added. “What Drew has in front of him is a great opportunity.”
Kiser will major in business administration.