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For only the second time in Iowa basketball history, the Hawkeyes received a verbal commitment from the state of Georgia. Kyle Meyer, a 6’10 center from Northview Georgia committed to the hawkeyes despite getting offers from in state school like Georgia and Georgia Tech.

The main reason Meyer choose the Hawks over some of the other power house schools around the country was because of the coaching staff. ” The coaching staff does a really nice job with the team” Meyer said. “Coach Francis did a really nice job of coming out to me and sticking with me for many months as it was a long process for me to make the final commitment”.

Meyer is only a junior and is already committed to a Big Ten program so there is no question he is a solid athlete but there is always something a player has to improve on. ” [I definitely] need to improve my defensive standpoint,  my lateral quickness needs to be improved a little bit more so I can guard guards as well as forwards also my first step could be better so I can be a little quicker” Meyer said. Besides being able to score inside, Meyer has been able to shoot the three ball pretty consistently. ” Teams from my high school region learn pretty fast that I can knock down the three almost consistently”.

Meyer weighs in at about 220 now but would like to get up to around 260 before college hits.

You can listen to the full audio interview here.

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Kyle Meyer, the 6’9 220lbs junior from Georgia will have to get used to the Midwest weather as he verbally committed to Fran McCaffery and the Hawkeye Basketball squad Monday.

Meyer is a three-star center per rivals and scout but with Meyer only being a junior it wouldnt surprise me if Meyer improved his game from his junior to senior years. Meyer also needs to improve his strength but that will come with time.

Normally it takes post players a little while longer to reach their highest potential so it would be in your greatest interest to keep an eye on this guy to see how he transforms from his junior year to his senior year. I would expect for him to refine his game quite a bit. It wouldn’t surprise me if down the road he would get more offers from bigger schools around the country but I would hope he would be loyal to Iowa and stick with his commitment.

So far he has only had a couple offers. Obviously from Iowa, Clemson also gave him an offer as well as a few other schools.

Expecting that Meyer does fully commit to the Hawks, he would have two years to learn and grow from the current rising star post player in Melsahn Basabe.

Here is a video of Kyle Meyer, he is #42.

 


In a must win game for both teams, Michigan State and Iowa both came out firing. Draymond Green got things started for the Spartans and kept pouring it on throughout the half.  Green had a monster first half with 15 points and 7 rebounds for the men in green. Iowa, coming off that emotional win over Purude had many chances to get the lead from Michigan State but could only tie it. Bryce Cartwright is leading the way for the hawks with 10 points 3 boards and 4 assists. Iowa’s Melsahn Basabe only played the first three minutes of the first half after he got benched with three fouls. It seems like every time Iowa hits a big shot to tie it, Michigan State hits another big shot to extend their lead. It should be a very competitive second half as both teams need this win to extend their season bast the Big Ten tournament.


 

At 1:30 PM CST Today, the Minnesota Golden Gophers will take on the Northwestern Wildcats to kick off the Big Ten Conference tournament. You can catch our preview of the games here on the site, and we will bring you coverage of the games all day long. The Gophers and Wildcats will get things started followed by the Iowa Hawkeyes and Michigan State Spartans at 3:30, and at 6:30 Indiana will take on the Penn State Nittany Lions.

These three games are essentially play-in games for every team, as the Big Ten has 11 teams. Right now, the Big Ten is expected to put in four or five teams to the NCAA tournament. March Madness has already begun. If you want one more chance to catch your favorite Big Ten team play, this might be it.


The Michigan State Spartans and the Iowa  Hawkeye’s will match up for the third time this season in the first round of the Big Ten tournament at Conseco Field house  on Thursday afternoon at 4:30 pm ET.

Michigan State enters the tournament as a seven seed and the Hawkeyes will get the tenth seed. The first time these two teams played was back on February 2nd in Iowa City as the Hawkeyes pulled off the upset and won 72-52.  Iowa contributed to Michigan State’s worst stretch of the season as they lost 5 of 6 at one point. Michigan State opened up a can of payback on the Hawkeyes when they dribbled into Iowa City and beat Iowa by 19, 85-66.

By now if you have been following college basketball you have realized that Michigan State isn’t the team that they were supposed to be. I know it may be hard to believe but the Spartans were actually ranked #2 in the country at one point. Michigan State looked like they could make another run to the final four, until January 18th hit at they lost 8 of their final 13 games.  Tom Izzo will never use this as an excuse but the Spartans are a younger team then they have been in the past. It also doesn’t help that they lost Korie Lucious to a suspension until he later transferred to Iowa State. Lucious may have not been contributing to the team on the floor but it’s safe to say he was causing some distraction. (more…)