Andy Sneddon, CMUChippewas.com
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – A fulfilling experience, both on the court and off, for Luke Meyer.
Meyer, a senior-to-be on the Central Michigan men’s basketball team, returned recently from China, where he played seven games with a team comprised of American college players on the Reach USA Friendship Basketball Tour.
“It was great to experience another culture and learn their customs,” said Meyer, a 6-foot-10 ½ forward. “This was the opportunity of a lifetime and something I will not forget. I’m very grateful to Sports Reach and all of the people who organized the trip as well as the hospitality that we received from the local people on the trip.
“It was enjoyable to see the difference between how the game is played in the Far East and how it is in the U.S. I learned a lot from the experience and believe it will help me continue to improve.”
Meyer helped his team to a 4-3 record and a second-place finish in the Bridge Friendship Tournament. The Americans defeated Spain in their final game and they finished behind only Russia in the event. Meyer led the U.S. team in rebounding and blocked shots, and he also collected 19 assists in the seven games.
Meyer, a product design major who carries a 3.23 grade point average, has started every game of his CMU career and has been named to the Academic All-Mid-American Conference in each of the past two seasons.
For his career, Meyer has appeared in 97 games, and is averaging 6.6 points and 4.1 rebounds per game. He ranks ninth in program history with 88 career blocks.