Meyer Takes Official

'12 Iowa verbal commitment Kyle Meyer used an official visit to see the Hawkeyes this weekend. The Georgia product reflected on the trip and got Hawkeye Insider caught up on things since his March pledge.

The final summer of AAU basketball can be hectic for players. Many of the athletes look into the stands to see what college coaches are in attendance. They need to perform in hopes of corralling scholarship offers.

Kyle Meyer relaxed during his final warm-weather campaign and worked on improving his game. As an Iowa verbal commitment, there was no pressure.

Meyer just looked for when the Hawkeye coaches came to see him play.

"Whenever I saw them out there, I would give them a call and ask them what they saw that I needed to work on," the 6-foot-10, 210-pound big man said. "I just wanted to get their point of view and am trying build myself around what they want me to do when I get out there."

Meyer officially visited Iowa this weekend. It represented the third trip to Iowa City for the Northview (Duluth, GA) product. He verbally committed to the Hawkeyes on March 14.

"I got to spend a lot more time with the team," Meyer said. "I never actually got to hang out with the guys and get to know them. This time, I was basically with them all day, every day I was there.

"I really, really got to know the coaches very well. Everybody just kind of welcomed me in. I got to see the city a little bit more. I never actually saw Iowa City in the daylight. I always seemed to come in at night and go out the same day. It was cool to see the school life and everyone out and about."

Meyer attended a class with Devyn Marble.

"I also visited the physical therapy offices because that's what I want to study," Meyer said.

Meyer ate at different local restaurants for lunch and dinner. He also consumed a meal at Coach Fran McCaffery's house. He attended the Iowa football game on Saturday and headed back to Georgia Sunday morning.

Meyer said most colleges have respected his commitment to Iowa and not attempted to recruit him away from the Hawkeyes.

"There were a few schools that maybe hadn't heard (about his pledge), but once I told them they moved on," Meyer said. Tulane and Hofstra were the two programs he could remember calling on him. "There were about four or five schools."

Meyer said the Hawkeye coaches have suggested to him the areas of his game they would like to see improved.

"They would like to see me shoot more," he said. "I don't shoot a lot with the (The Atlanta Celtics AAU team). I screen a lot and try to get guys open.

"They also want me to work on rebounding. Defensively, they want me to be able to guard every position (from the 3-5)."

Meyer said the coaches have told him he going to be a 3-4.

"In the motion offense, they want me in the high post; a pick-and-pop sort of a guy," he said. "They want me to be able to take the ball off two dribbles and go to the rack. I think overall they're going to have me play a wing four."

Meyer faced a lot of good competition this summer with the Celtics. They played the Las Vegas Prospects with the No. 1 ranked 2012 player in Shabazz Muhammad, the Connecticut Basketball Club with Andre Drummond (UConn) and twice against the Indiana Elite with Peter Jurkin (Indiana), Obij Aget (New Mexico) and Hanner Perea (Indiana).

"I think I matched up well," Meyer said. "The guys going to Indiana, I know there game backwards and front. We played against a lot of guys in my recruiting class, so I know them well. I think that will help me."


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