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DePaul Basketball: Blue Demons nab transfer Jacob Meyer

Jacob Meyer (12) brings the ball up court during the Coastal Carolina University vs University of
Jacob Meyer (12) brings the ball up court during the Coastal Carolina University vs University of / Gregg Pachkowski / gregg@pnj.com / USA

The NCAA Tournament concludes on Monday but that hasn’t stopped the Transfer Portal from already causing changes around the country. In one of Friday’s latest moves, former Coastal Carolina freshman Jacob Meyer announced that he was heading to DePaul to play for Chris Holtmann next season.

A 6’2 combo guard from Covington, Kentucky, Meyer showed fantastic potential as a true freshman playing in the Sun Belt. While Coastal Carolina had a poor showing, he was a vital weapon under head coaches Cliff Ellis and Benny Moss despite a 9-22 record for the Chanticleers.

Meyer averaged 15.7 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 2.6 assists in that freshman season, becoming the leading scorer for the Chanticleers. His 40% clip from outside the arc is certainly reason for excitement for his future, especially in the future in the Big East.

Though he didn’t earn conference honors, largely due to Coastal Carolina’s poor play, Meyer was one of the Sun Belt’s top scorers, hitting double figures in nearly all of his performances. The first 20-point game of his career came in early February against James Madison and was followed up by five more.

Meyer truly did play his best ball down the stretch, developing into one of the Sun Belt’s best offensive pieces by season’s end. He dropped a career-high 32 points against Louisiana-Monroe in one of his final contests, while making more than 45% of his 3-pointers in February and March.

With that coaching change, it’s not shocking to see Meyer in the Transfer Portal and it’s even less surprising to see him landing in a premier conference. DePaul could certainly use a great shooter like Meyer and it’ll be interesting to see what kind of team Holtmann can put together in the coming weeks and months.

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If Meyer can take that big step forward as a sophomore then he can be a pretty good basketball player, even for a place like DePaul. We’ll have to see if he can continue that hot shooting touch and how the rest of this Blue Demons program develops in the near future.