In southeastern Indiana lies the little town of Milan, Indiana, a town with a population of 2,000, one stoplight and one passion for high school basketball — that’s where freshman basketball player Kyle Meyer is from.
Milan is famous for their Milan Miracle when Milan High School, with an enrollment of 160 students at the time, defeated Muncie Central, with an enrollment of 1,600 students. Milan won the state title in 1954. The movie “Hoosiers” was inspired by this event.
“I started playing around the age of five,” Meyer said. “My mom played basketball in Milan and my dad played at a rival school, Jac-Cen-Del.”
Not only did Meyer grow up with two former high school basketball parents, but his father was a 1989 Franklin College graduate and member of the Grizzlies baseball team.
“Coming from Milan, basketball is the most popular sport there and my parents push me to play basketball because of my height,” Meyer said. “It’s worked out for me.”
Having tried other sports, Meyer said there is something about basketball that is truly enjoyable for him. He sticks to his basketball pregame ritual by listening to hip-hop music, being quiet before games and focusing on the game by not letting things get to him.
“Coming from Milan, it is such a huge thing there that the atmosphere is crazy to play in front of,” Meyer said. “That’s what I love the most coming from Milan.”
In high school, Meyer said, his passion was winning, but now that he’s in college, basketball is a stress reliever from classes and homework.
Meyer played in summer Amateur Athletic Union teams to show his skills to colleges because his goal was to continue the sport he loved.
“All these college’s were recruiting me – Hanover, Franklin, Anderson,” Meyer said. “And Franklin is the one I decided to choose.”
The high school basketball memory that sticks out to Meyer is playing his first varsity game as a freshman.
“I was extremely nervous,” Meyer recalled, “I wasn’t very built like the other kids, I was scrawny. I remember the first shot I air balled it – I was just scared.”
As a junior and senior, Meyer was named the team’s most valuable player and became the team captain as a senior.
“I felt honored,” Meyer said. “It’s a huge responsibly in my hands and The college basketball memory that has been the most memorable for Meyer was his first game on the court against DePauw University, the team’s season opener on Nov. 16.
“I was nervous still, but I did pretty well,” Meyer said. “I had seven points and six rebounds.”
A goal Meyer would like to accomplish before becoming a senior in college is to help his team be successful by going out every day, doing his best and hoping to give a spark for the season.
“I definitely want to make all conference teams and lead the team to a conference championship,” Meyer said.
Meyer’s next chance in action is tomorrow afternoon with a 3 p.m. tipoff in the Spurlock Center.