Kyle Meyer has more than a year before he'll sign a national letter of intent with a college. That doesn't mean the Class of 2012 member is going to wait around forever for schools to jump on his bandwagon.
"I would like to narrow my list to five schools by the spring and get it to three heading into the (2011) AAU season," the 6-foot-10, 210-pound Georgia product said. "I'm not looking for someone to bring me on board once things fall through with another kid they're going after. I'm looking at schools that are going to be with me from the start."
Iowa have been one of those programs. The Hawkeyes played host to Meyer last weekend.
"I like what I saw a lot," he said. "They definitely moved up on my list. I'd say they're in the Top 2 at this point. I need to get out there again on an unofficial or official to find out more about them."
Meyer puts Clemson in with Iowa as his favorites. The Tigers are close to offering a scholarship, he said.
Iowa, Georgia State, Georgia Southern and East Carolina have extended scholarship offers to Meyer. He's heard frequently from Clemson, Florida, Yale, Tennessee, Georgia Tech, Georgia, Davidson and Drake (Coach Mike Gibson leading Bulldogs recruitment).
Hawkeye Assistant Andrew Francis has served as the lead recruiter on Meyer. Iowa became involved with the four man at an AAU tournament in Arkansas this summer and have been on him every since, he said.
Meyer has lived in Georgia for six years after spending most of his life in Indiana.
"I know a lot about Iowa, Indiana, Minnesota and schools like that because I've always followed the Big Ten," Meyer said. "I don't think I'd go to a school west of the Big Ten. I'll probably be looking at schools in the Big Ten, ACC and SEC."
Meyer said running the floor, rebounding, creating open shots for teammates with screens and passing are the strengths of his game. He said he averaged about five assists a game last season. He also is confident in his on-the-ball defense and ability to help and recover. He wants to work on his foot speed on the defensive end.
"Iowa said there would be potential for me to come in and start right away because they lose a lot in the front court the next two seasons," Meyer said.
Meyer believes he'll be a face-up four in college with the ability to play the three. He runs with the very highly-regarded Atlantic Celtics AAU program. He hopes to study sports medicine in college.