CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (WV News) – For Robert C. Byrd’s Blake Meighen, choosing Davis & Elkins to pursue his basketball career was a snap.
“When I went there, I liked the coach. It was a good academic fit. Coach Mondragon was honest with me and told me what to do. He was honest with what he thought I was going to play, how I was going to play, ”Meighen said. “He said I could have a red shirt. I am ready to progress. I love basketball. “
Meighen remembers the emotions of receiving her offer.
“Really excited. I’m really relieved to put the first one out, ”said Meighen. “I always wanted to go because he was the first to contact me. It was a fairly easy decision.
Meighen said his skills matched what D&E was looking for.
“The way I shoot and defend. They like that I can do other things… if I don’t play the best on offense, I can do different things on defense to keep the team going, ”said Meighen.
Meighen started out as a junior and senior at RCB, playing key roles in two of the school’s most successful teams.
He took a lot of values from retired coach Bill Bennett.
“Defense. It’s the biggest thing he’s taught us and I think it’s the biggest advantage I have against anyone who goes there, knowing how to defend and how to play in movement attack,” he said. Meighen said.
The location is perfect too.
“I’m not close to home, but I’m close enough,” Meighen said. “It’s the perfect solution for seeing family and being close to friends. Some of them could play MEC with me. It’s just good to have this competition.
Meighen plans to major in business, with an emphasis on finance and accounting.
He also considered Waynesburg and Marietta.
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