Con Ed Athlete of the Week: Stepinac’s Kylan Guerra
Stepinac senior basketball captain Kylan Guerra is off to hot start after improving game over the summer, averaging 27.6 points per game.
Name: Kylan Guerra
School: Archbishop Stepinac High School
Athletic accomplishments: Guerra, a captain for his team, is averaging an area-best 27.6 points per game and is leading Stepinac to its best start to a season in years. He also earned an athletic scholarship offer from New York Institute of Technology two weeks ago.
Academic accomplishments: Guerra has a 92 unweighted grade-point average and scored a 25 on the ACTs. He is also a member of the Stepinac honors program and has earned first honors for six straight semesters.
Getting to know
The Journal News: What do you think has been key to your hot start?
Kylan Guerra: Definitely going to the basket, that has opened up the floor for me. Last year I was more of a shooter, so my ability to go to the basket has opened up my shot more since defenses have to respect me.
TJN: What did you do over the summer to improve that aspect of your game?
KG: I was at the gym at least four times a week getting stronger and working on my basketball skills. I got faster with the ball throughout AAU season and in the fall leagues we did.
TJN: You’re a volunteer tutor at Eastview Middle School, can you tell us a little bit about that?
KG: For the National Honor Society, we go down there after school two days a week. We help them with their homework and whatever they have to work on that night.
TJN: You have interest from 12 different colleges, including Brown, Yale, Dartmouth, Sacred Heart, Wagner, NYIT, Concordia and Dominican. What’s your No. 1 priority in choosing where you will go?
KG: I want to go to a school that can offer great academics along with good basketball.
TJN: Is there anything in particular you want to study in college?
KG: I’m looking to study sports management in college. If not that, I’d also like to be a sports reporter. I also wouldn’t mind being a coach.
TJN: You also play baseball for Stepinac in the spring. Do you think that helps improve your basketball game?
KG: Definitely. Both sports are all about angles, especially on defense in basketball. I’ve been playing both sports since I was four or five, they definitely help out with each other.
TJN: Going forward, what do you think you and your teammates are capable of?
KG: We know it’s a long season, we’re going to get better, especially bringing in Jordan Tucker and acclimating him to the team. The goal is always to win a city championship. As the season goes along, we have to step up our defense because that is what will get us farther.
The Con Edison Athlete of the Week recognizes students in Westchester and Putnam schools who excel athletically. Academic achievements, leadership, citizenship, and school and community activities are also factors. The winner is selected each week by a panel of athletic directors and coaches who review ballots submitted by each athlete’s athletic director or coach.