Nov 27, 2013; Lahaina, HI, USA; Gonzaga Bulldogs forward Luke Meikle (21) goes up for a shot against the Arkansas Razorbacks during the final round of the EA Sports Maui Invitational at the Lahaina Civic Center. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Former Gonzaga Forward Luke Meikle Transfers to Cal Poly

Mar 20, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; Gonzaga Bulldogs forward Luke Meikle dunks during practice before the second round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament at Viejas Arena. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Former Gonzaga Forward Luke Meikle, who played sparingly for Gonzaga this past season, will be transfering to Cal Poly and will be eligible for the 2015-16 season after he sits out a year.  Meikle was a promising recruit for Gonzaga but he barely played in what was already a thin frontcourt last season.

Also, the reality that Przemek Karnowski, Kyle Wiltjer, Angel Nunez, Domantas Sabonis, and Ryan Edwards would be occupying most of the minutes in GU’s frontcourt for the next couple of seasons made it so that Meikle saw the writing on the wall.  Despite one solid game against Arkansas in the Maui Invitational where he recorded 4 points and 2 blocked shots, we never really saw what he could do in extended minutes and he remained largely out of the rotation.

At Cal Poly in 2015-16, he will likely compete for playing time with forwards Dave Nwaba (11.7 PPG, 4.8 RPG), Brian Bennett (6.1 PPG, 3.1 RPG) and Joel Awich (4.1 PPG, 2.7 RPG), who will all be seniors at that point.  It is difficult to say what the Zags will lose from Meikle or what Cal Poly will gain from Meikle because he really did never got a shot to play.  With lots of frontcourt depth at Cal Poly, it remains to be seen if he will have a big impact at the school that just made their first ever NCAA Tournament appearance this past season.  

Hopefully he will bring energy and hard work to the program to help maintain a winning culture and a program experiencing newly found success.

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