When you’re over 6 feet 5 inches and are a talented prep basketball player, there’s a pretty good chance you’re going to get an opportunity to play at the next level.
Former Warren Cousino basketball player Zack Meyers happens to fit that criteria, and his opportunity is slated to come at Macomb Community College, where he has signed on to play for the Monarchs for the 2014-15 season.
“I’m really excited,” said Meyers, who cited being part of a district championship his junior season as a favorite high school memory. “I think it’ll be fun.”
Meyers’ accomplishments with Cousino included being named as the Patriots’ defensive MVP and being selected All-Conference in the MAC Red Division.
During his senior season, he averaged 10 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks per game for the season.
Somebody who is pretty familiar with Meyers’ work is former Patriots head coach Chris Shepard, who coached Meyers for three seasons at Cousino.
As it turns out, Shepard will also be part of Macomb’s basketball program next season. He was brought on as an assistant to head coach Jim Twigg.
Having his former high school coach on Macomb’s sideline could turn out to be beneficial for Meyers.
“I think it’ll be fun to play for my high school coach again,” said Meyers, who cited hard work as a key to how far he has come. “I think it’s a big advantage. I know some of the things he will teach in college — some of the things he’s already taught.”
Having Meyers on the roster could also be a “big advantage” for Shepard.
“It is nice,” Shepard said. “He’s one of my favorites. He’s a good kid. He works incredibly hard. He’s already put on about 15 pounds since the end of last season. Big fellas are hard to find, and we got a pretty good one right now.”
While playing for Macomb may be his first post-high school opportunity, Meyers isn’t looking for it to be his last. Past National Junior College Athletic Association players have performed well enough, academically and on the court, to earn opportunities at four-year colleges, and that possibility hasn’t escaped his attention.
“I hope to eventually get better grades so I can transfer and play basketball somewhere else, after my two years,” Meyers said. “It would be really important, because I would be the only person in my family to go away to college. It would be really cool to continue playing basketball.”