June 22, 2016
WWU’s Impero and Turner join Bellingham Slam
The Bellingham Slam has added two more former Western Washington standouts to its roster, adding to a group that already included a significant number of past Vikings.
Guard Kyle Impero and forward Anye Turner will both join the Slam as the team resumes play at the 2016 Seattle Pro-Am league this summer.
Impero, a 6-foot-4 former Nooksack Valley star, played two seasons at Western after transferring from Whatcom Community College. With the Vikings last season, Impero averaged 15 points and four rebounds per game as a senior, ranking him third and first on the team, respectively. He also led the team in steals, racking up 40 over the course of the season. One of his most memorable performances in a Western uniform came in a tough double overtime loss to Alaska-Anchorage on February 4 when he scored a career-high 37 points, with all but four of those points coming in the final five minutes of regulation and overtime.
Turner, a 6-foot-7 native of Olympia, was a valuable frontcourt presence with the Vikings for three seasons. As a sophomore transfer from South Puget Sound Community College, Turner was a member of the 2012-13 WWU squad that advanced to the semi-finals of the NCAA Division-II Elite Eight. He developed into one of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference’s best forwards, earning first-team all-conference honors as a senior in 2014-15 after averaging 10 points, eight rebounds and nearly three blocks per game. His 166 blocked shots for the Vikings rank him third among the school’s all-time leaders.
The addition of Impero and Turner bring to seven the number of former Vikings on Bellingham’s roster this season.
The Slam opens their 2016 season at the Seattle Pro-Am on July 2 against the Kitsap Admirals. Tip-off is scheduled for 3 p.m. at the Royal Brougham Pavilion.