December 2, 2012
CMU lands 2014 big man Luke Meyer
While Central Michigan fans have been more than pleased with new head coach Keno Davis's recruiting efforts thus far, the lack of a big man in either the 2013 or 2014 class was worrisome. That was on obvious emphasis going forward, and Davis said as much after the Bradley game:
OV, Blake and John they are step out four men. They are not centers, so we have to go out and recruit some centers.
Today, those recruiting efforts paid off when the Chippewas were able to land a commitment from 2014 Addison (Mich.) forward Luke Meyer.
Meyer comes in at 6-foot-10 and 205 pounds, and at just 16 years old his frame will continue to fill out. As a sophomore last season, he averaged 13.8 points, 10.7 rebounds and 4.2 blocks per game in 21 contests, earning All-Conference honors. He also shot 68% from the free throw line and 40% from beyond the arc, both statistics that enticed the CMU coaching staff. Meyer chose the Chippewas over interest from schools such as Ball State, Western Michigan, Boston, Belmont, Mercer, American and Ferris State.
"I feels pretty good, it's just crazy that the process is all over now," added Meyer on his commitment to CMU. "It was just the overall feel with the program really, they way the coaching staff treated me was phenomenal. I was able to hang out with all the freshman players and see the guys I will be playing with, and they were great. And it's close to home, so my parents can come to every game."
The offensive system that Keno Davis has in place also played a big role in landing Meyer. And his skill set as an athletic 6-foot-10 player who can also shoot from the outside is terrific fit.
"Definitely, that is another thing that I really liked about CMU. I love they system they play, it's exactly how I want to play. I prefer to get out and run instead of sitting back and running sets. I like to get out and run, that's probably my favorite part of the game. I love to shoot threes and dunk, the exciting stuff," said Meyer with a laugh. "But I also really started to like playing defense, blocking shots and getting steals. Sometimes that can actually be more exciting, and a really good defensive play can really get the crowd going."
Last year was a season to forget for the Addison Panthers, as a young team struggled to find their groove. They finished the season at 4-17 overall, but Meyer see's realistic improvement in his squad.
"We are very, very young," added Meyer on the 2012-13 Addison team. "Our starting point guard will likely be a freshman, and we don't have a single senior on the entire team. Last year, we were not the toughest team out there, so we need to work on that and become a tougher team. But I see us finishing over .500, and I don't see any reason we can't win 15 games or more."
Meyer is precisely the type of under the radar player that Keno Davis has loved to recruit during his time as a coach, and as he continues to develop he will bring much needed size to the Chippewas roster. Look for more updates on Meyer in the future.
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