One of Georgia’s top big men is leaving the state.
Kyle Meyer, a 6-foot-10 center from Northview High, committed to Iowa over early basketball scholarship offers from East Carolina, Drake, Jacksonville, Georgia State, Georgia Southern and Mercer.
Meyer recently completed his junior season and was also getting looks from UGA and Georgia Tech, among other SEC and ACC schools.
“Iowa is getting a player that can do a little bit of everything,” Northview coach Steve Bombard told the AJC.
“Aside from his ability to score from the inside, he can also step out and shoot 3-pointers.. He is a very good passer, especially outlet passes in transition. And he runs the floor very well for a big man.”
Meyer averaged 16 points and 14 rebounds this past season at Northview. He caught Iowa’s attention while playing AAU basketball for the Atlanta Celtics last summer.
Iowa coach Fran McCaffery was impressed enough to investigate further, making two separate trips to the Atlanta area to observe Meyer at Northview in recent months. Once Meyer realized the seriousness of Iowa’s interest, he made a pair of unofficial visits with the Hawkeyes.
Meyer is Iowa’s first commitment for its 2012 recruiting class. He is also only the second player from Georgia to pick Iowa since the 1940s, according to HawkCentral.