NCAA Basketball: Potential landing spots for Mike Meadows after leaving Cal

Mike Meadows is looking for a 3rd NCAA Basketball this offseason after parting ways with Cal. Where could he potentially end up now?

There have been a few players that have “re-entered” the NCAA Basketball transfer portal in the past week after previously committing to other programs. One player is Mike Meadows, a four-year contributor from Eastern Washington and Portland, coming off averaging a career-high 11.0 ppg with the Pilots.

Meadows originally committed to LMU, before going to Cal instead this offseason. However, he’s now become a free agent yet again early in August. He’s a 6’2 combo guard with one year of eligibility left and there are still some teams that could use a veteran ball-handler. Here’s a list of some potential options available for Meadows.

Gonzaga Bulldogs

Even after recently landing Kansas transfer wing Marcus Adams Jr., the Bulldogs still have two scholarships left. And that’s the number of ball-handlers they have on the roster in Nolan Hickman and Creighton transfer, Ryan Nembhard. Meadows is completely familiar with the fellow WCC program and he’d be the backup Pg behind Nembhard and get 15-20 mpg in the rotation. And he’d go from the bottom of the conference to the top by this decision.

Pittsburgh Panthers

The Panthers have been after a veteran ball-handler all Summer to add to the unproven backcourt. The only point guards on the roster are freshmen Dior Johnson and Jaland Lowe. Although Meadows would also be unproven in ACC play, he’d be a good experienced option that also can shoot the ball, something that could be a concern with the current backcourt.

Saint Louis Billikens

The A-10 program was reportedly after Meadows earlier this offseason and they still could use him. They still could use him now, having just a pair of incoming freshmen as ball-handlers on the roster. Outside of UMass, the rest of the conference have junior and senior point guards so just for the experience alone, Saint Louis may try for recruitment 2.0 here.

UNLV Rebels

Since Meadows is from California, I looked for a program out west that could make a case for having him as a missing piece. And that’s UNLV, who added some power conference level talent in the frontcourt via the portal, while also adding four-star point guard and reclass prospect, Dedan Thomas Jr.

While teams such as San Diego State and New Mexico look formidable in the Mountain West, the Runnin Rebels also have a talented roster. And since all of the key pieces outside of Thomas are all seniors, why not add one more like Meadows and go all in next season?