Kyle Macy

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Kyle Macy
Kyle macy.jpg
Macy at an autograph signing in 2013
No. 4, 24, 44
Point guard
Personal information
Born(1957-04-09) April 9, 1957 (age 56)
Fort Wayne, Indiana
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Listed weight175 lb (79 kg)
Career information
High schoolPeru (Peru, Indiana)
CollegePurdue (1975–1976)
Kentucky (1977–1980)
NBA draft1979 / Round: 1 / Pick: 22nd overall
Selected by the Phoenix Suns
Pro playing career1980–1990
Career history
As player:
19801985Phoenix Suns
1985–1986Chicago Bulls
1986–1987Indiana Pacers
1988Dietor Bologna (Italy)
1988–1990Benetton Treviso (Italy)
As coach:
1997–2006Morehead State
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points5,259 (9.5 ppg)
Rebounds1,214 (2.2 rpg)
Assists2,198 (4.0 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com
 
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Kyle Macy
Kyle macy.jpg
Macy at an autograph signing in 2013
No. 4, 24, 44
Point guard
Personal information
Born(1957-04-09) April 9, 1957 (age 56)
Fort Wayne, Indiana
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Listed weight175 lb (79 kg)
Career information
High schoolPeru (Peru, Indiana)
CollegePurdue (1975–1976)
Kentucky (1977–1980)
NBA draft1979 / Round: 1 / Pick: 22nd overall
Selected by the Phoenix Suns
Pro playing career1980–1990
Career history
As player:
19801985Phoenix Suns
1985–1986Chicago Bulls
1986–1987Indiana Pacers
1988Dietor Bologna (Italy)
1988–1990Benetton Treviso (Italy)
As coach:
1997–2006Morehead State
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points5,259 (9.5 ppg)
Rebounds1,214 (2.2 rpg)
Assists2,198 (4.0 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Kyle Robert Macy (born April 9, 1957) is an American basketball broadcaster, currently the color commentator for University of Kentucky telecasts. Macy, born in Fort Wayne, Indiana and raised in Peru, Indiana, played college basketball at Purdue University and the University of Kentucky, and spent seven years in the NBA with the Phoenix Suns, Chicago Bulls and Indiana Pacers; he then spent three seasons in the Italian Lega Serie A. He is now the tennis coach at Lexington Christian Academy.

College career[edit]

Purdue[edit]

The 1975 Indiana "Mr. Basketball" Award winner from Peru High School, where he played for his father, Bob; chose to attend Purdue University, coached by head coach, Fred Schaus. Macy averaged 13.8 points a game as a freshman, while leading the Boilermakers in free throws, shooting .859 percent from the line on the season. He started in 25 of 27 games, helping them to a 16–11 season record.

Kentucky[edit]

A jersey honoring Macy hangs in Rupp Arena

After playing his freshman year at Purdue, Macy transferred to the University of Kentucky in 1976. After sitting out the 1976–77 season as mandated by NCAA rules, he started playing at Kentucky in 1977. Macy had a very successful college career, as a three-time All-America and three-time All-SEC player. The 1978 team on which Macy was a starter won the 1978 NCAA National Championship. In his senior year of 1979–80, he became the first Kentucky player ever to be named consensus Southeastern Conference Player of the Year.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Macy was selected with the 22nd pick of the 1979 NBA Draft by the Phoenix Suns, even though he had a year of college eligibility remaining. Macy played out his last year of college, and started playing for the Suns in 1980. Macy spent five years with the Suns, averaging 10.6 points and 4.0 assists per game. Macy spent one year each with the Chicago Bulls (1985–86) and the Indiana Pacers (1986–87) before retiring from the NBA. Then he played professionally in Italy for Dietor Bologna (1987–88) and Benetton Treviso (1988–90). Macy was also one of the original participants of the NBA All-Star Three Point Contest when it debuted in 1986.

Coaching career[edit]

Macy was head coach of the Morehead State University Eagles of the Ohio Valley Conference for nine years. In 2003, Macy coached the Eagles to 20 wins, its most in 19 years, and a share of the OVC regular season championship. However, the 2004–05 season was less successful, as Morehead failed to qualify for the OVC tournament. Following that season, Macy coached a group of Sports Reach collegiate all-stars that toured China and finished with a perfect 7–0 record against several Chinese professional teams. [1] After a disastrous 4–23 season in 2005–06, Macy resigned as head coach on February 28, 2006. Later in 2006, Macy accepted the head coaching position on the Lexington Christian Academy Eagles Men's tennis team. In his first season they had their first winning season since 2003.

Head coaching record[edit]

SeasonTeamOverallConferenceStandingPostseason
MoreheadState (Ohio Valley Conference) (1997–1998)
1997–1998Morehead State3–232-1610th
1998–1999Morehead State13–159–9T-3rd
1999–2000Morehead State9–184–149th
2000–2001Morehead State12-166-107th
2001–2002Morehead State18–1111–52nd
2002–2003Morehead State20–913–3T–1st
2003–2004Morehead State16–1310–63rd
2004–2005Morehead State11–165-119th
2005–2006Morehead State4–233–1710th
Morehead State:106–144 (.424)63–91 (.409)
Total:106–144 (.424)

      National champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

The East Kentucky Miners[edit]

In November 2007, Macy was named general manager of the East Kentucky Miners, an expansion team of the Continental Basketball Association, based in Pikeville, Kentucky.

Free throw shooting[edit]

Macy was an excellent free throw shooter throughout his career. He still holds the career free throw shooting percentage record at the University of Kentucky, as well as the Phoenix Suns franchise record. Cawood Ledford said of him, "Kyle had ice water in his veins." Macy emphasizes free throw shooting in his coaching, and the emphasis paid off, as his Morehead State teams were perennially among the Division I leaders in free throw shooting percentage.

References[edit]

  1. ^ This award was only instituted in 1965. Four previous Kentucky players had been named SEC Player of the Year by either the AP or UPI (today, the AP and SEC coaches select winners independently), but Macy is the first Wildcat ever to have been selected by both organizations.

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