Gonzaga forward Luke Meikle will not return to the school for his sophomore season, sources said and was later confirmed by Jim Meehan of the Spokesman Review.
Meikle’s future was relatively uncertain, and it became clear that he could return to the school for future years based on past actions. His future plans at this point are unknown.
Meikle was not used very often, and it was speculated that a redshirt year was the coaching staff plan for him. When Ryan Edwards was not able to play at the start of the season and Angel Nunez was still sitting out due to NCAA transfer rules, Meikle was forced to be used in case of foul trouble.
In total, Meikle averaged 0.7 points and 0.9 rebounds this past season, playing in 15 games with four minutes of action per game.
With Meikle’s departure, it opens up a scholarship for the 2014-2015 season. Since most of the options are exhausted, the Bulldogs will probably go into the year with one less scholarship player and save it for the 2015 recruiting class.
In turn, Gonzaga has more room to work with recruiting wise and can look overseas and take a few chances on players.