Well, the phone rang this morning.
I wasn't able to connect with GU recruit Luke Meikle, his father Brian or his coach Bernie Salazar on Friday, but I received a call back from Brian this morning. He was en route to Portland to watch his son play in a basketball tournament this weekend.
Read on for more on Meikle's commitment to the Bulldogs.
First, it's pronounced Mee-kull. Second, he goes by Luke or Lucas, but most people call him Luke.
Brian said the family visited Gonzaga on Monday. Meikle has been on campus before when Bellarmine Prep participated in Gonzaga's team camp and the family has been in Spokane for Hoopfest. Gonzaga has been following the 6-8, 190-pound Meikle throughout his junior season.
“We're pretty excited about it, him and his parents,” Brian said. “It's a special thing.”
Brian said his son was hearing from Washington, Washington State, Seattle U, Cal, Boise State and Penn. He expected more interest with the approaching AAU season. Luke plays for Pioneer Technologies, an AAU team based in Olympia.
“(GU) was his first offer, but sometimes the first is the best,” Brian said. “The two most important things are the program and the school and you're going to have a hard time beating Gonzaga. It's a national program and a fantastic school. On the West Coast, you don't beat Gonzaga. As we were driving home, it became a no-brainer.”
Luke has played mostly inside at Bellarmine Prep, but he has the ability to stretch the court and operate on the perimeter. Brian said his son expects to play more on the perimeter with his AAU team and Bellarmine Prep next season because that's likely where he'll see time in college. Bellarmine Prep has four starters returning, including Sefo Liufau, a QB who has committed to play football at Colorado.
Brian said his son weighs about 190 pounds and “he's been getting in the weightroom and getting stronger.”
“I'm going to sound like a proud parent but he has a real nice shooting stroke, keeps the ball high and elevates when he shoots it,” Brian said.