Meier Makes Pledge

The recruiting attention of Lafayette High School senior Tony Meier had increased the last few weeks, but the sharp-shooting forward found a good fit in the school that gave him his first scholarship offer.

Meier committed to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee this week over scholarship offers from Western Illinois and Evansville and walk-on opportunities at Iowa, Missouri, Michigan State and Saint Louis University.

"I liked the coaching staff at Milwaukee the best," Meier said. "The city was cool as well."

Meier was a late bloomer for the Lancers. As a junior, he was a 6-foot-5, 180-pound guard. As a senior, he was a 6-8, 210-pound small forward.

"Over the summer I worked on my strength, because I was real skinny," Meier said recently. "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.

"It's just been incredible — in every sense of the word," Lafayette coach Dave Porter said. "This year we regularly assigned him the other team's best perimeter big. A year ago we wouldn't have thought about him covering the other's team best player."

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.

Meier is the second player at Lafayette to make an oral commitment in recent weeks. His junior teammate, forward Tyler Griffey, recently pledged to sign with the University of Illinois.

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