Meier Weighing Options

College coaches have been flocking to Lafayette High School in the St. Louis suburb of Ballwin, Mo., for several years now to watch forward Tyler Griffey. But the coaches who paid attention also got a glimpse at one of the area's top sleeper prospects in Tony Meier.

As a junior, Meier was a 6-foot-5, 180-pound swingman who was a good perimeter shooter but who averaged less than 5 points per game.

But as a senior Meier had grown to 6-8 and 210 pounds and was scoring in double figures as a big small forward who could still shoot it better than most from the beyond the 3-point arc.

Now Meier said he has three Division I scholarship offers and opportunities to walk on at several big-name schools.

"It's a little weird," Meier said. "I worked real hard over the summer and was hoping this would happen, but I didn't' know if it would. I guess I'm getting used to it."

Meier said Sunday night that he had scholarship offers from Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Western Illinois and Evansville and had just returned from an unofficial visit to Evansville.

The senior forward, who is also a standout volleyball player, said Drake has contacted his high school coach, Dave Porter, and Meier has talked to Iowa, Missouri, Michigan State and Saint Louis University about possibly walking on.

"It's pretty much just about finding the right fit," Meier said. "I'm definitely looking more into the schools that have offered right now. If that doesn't work out, walking on is definitely an option."

As a 6-5 junior, Meier averaged 4.4 points per game and made 46.8 percent of his 3-point attempts (22 of 47). In the spring, Meier was a St. Louis Post-Dispatch All-Metro first-team selection as a volleyball player after leading the Lancers to the state championship match as the team's setter.

Though he enjoys both sports and excels at both, Meier said he would definitely play basketball in college.

"I grew up playing basketball," he said. "I didn't play volleyball competitively until high school. My brother played so he got me started."

Meier worked hard on his game and became a college hoops prospect.

"Over the summer I worked on my strength, because I was real skinny," he said. "I gained 30 pounds over the summer. That helped my confidence."

Meier averaged 11.8 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game and was selected to the Suburban West Conference all-conference team first team. He made 43.2 percent of his 3-point attempts (54 of 125) and was an 80 percent (40 of 50) free throw shooter.

He said he received his first scholarship offer from Wisconsin-Milwaukee in early February. Since then, other schools have stepped forward to offer. Other schools are still considering extending offers.

There aren't many prospects around that offers Meier's combination of size and perimeter shooting prowess and college coaches like what they've seen.

"They were telling me that I'll probably be a good matchup problem for the other team," Meier said. "And with my height and my ability to shoot, they think I'd do well to be able to spread the defense to create holes for other people and opportunities for myself."

As more schools get a look at the sharp-shooting forward, you can expect Meier's recruitment to heat up even more. The next step for the Lafayette senior is to keep looking for the right fit to continue his career in college.

"I've looked around," Meier said. "I'd like to go on some official visits if I could and get to know the coaches and players more and get a feel for the schools."


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