NORTH LIBERTY Iowa has its Top 25 recruiting class in Iowa City. They are attending classes and dazzling fans in the Prime Time League.
Kyle Meyer, a 6-foot-10 post from Alpharetta, Ga., can always lay claim to the fact that he was the first player on board.
Meyer committed to Iowa coach Fran McCaffery near the end of his first year with the Hawkeyes in March 2011. A season in which McCaffery and the Hawks went just 11-20.
“I saw that he was a great coach, and he can definitely work with a team,” Meyer said. “I like his style of offense, and I liked that he was trying to bring back a really good program.”
Meyer became the answer, at the time, to the decided lack of size in the Iowa front court.
Iowa later added 7-1 center Adam Woodbury, but Meyer was happy to see another big man sign on.
“It definitely helps me in practice,” Meyer said. “We are both learning the same things. And now we’ve got to go through the transition together.”
The difference for Meyer is that McCaffery is getting him ready to come in at center, but also power forward and small forward.
“He’s bringing me in for my defense,” Meyer said. “I can guard from center to small forward and he wants me to stop anyone on the court.”
On Sunday in Prime Time League action, Meyer made 7-of-12 from the field and had 12 rebounds.
He showed his 3-point range, but was most effective cleaning up under the basket.
And like Woodbury, there’s a big learning curve as he transitions to Big Ten play.
“I’ve got to move my feet a little different than I had to in high school,” Meyer said.
Meyer grew up in Indiana, then moved to Georgia when he was 10.
He remembers his Midwest roots.
“I grew up watching basketball and playing basketball all the time,” Meyer said.
He got a slow start in the Prime Time League because he battles tendonitis in his knees. It’s a condition that he’s had all his life.
“It flared up again a couple weeks ago,” Meyer said. “It gets inflamed and there’s pain, and I’ve got to ice after every workout.”
The other 2012 recruits might be flashier, but Meyer will always be first.
Category: Iowa Hawkeyes men's basketball