How Drake women's basketball landed Iowa transfer Megan Meyer

Tommy Birch
Des Moines Register

Megan Meyer is leaving the University of Iowa but staying in the state.

Meyer, an Iowa native who spent two seasons on the Hawkeyes women’s basketball team, is transferring to Drake. Meyer has three seasons of eligibility remaining and is expected to provide a big boost for the Bulldogs who were in need of some experience after two guards with significant experience transferred.

"That was one really important thing to me was just to stay close to home," said Meyer, who announced the decision with a post on Instagram on Monday and explained her decision in an interview with The Register on Tuesday. “And I'm really thankful that I get to do that."

The other big selling point was Drake's need for another guard after Kierra Collier and Maggie Negaard transferred out of the program. The two contributed a big bulk of minutes for Drake which needed minutes and experience moving forward.

Former Iowa guard Megan Meyer will play for the Drake Bulldogs.

Meyer, a guard who has played in 40 games over the last two seasons with the Hawkeyes, fills both those voids. During the 2020-21 season, Meyer appeared in 26 games and averaged 2.5 points in 9.3 minutes per game. Meyer shot 41.1% from the floor for the Hawkeyes, who went to the Sweet 16.

After Iowa's successful season, Meyer said she wanted to "expand her horizons" and decided to transfer. 

"I loved my experience at Iowa," Meyer said, who was a high school star out of Mason City. "I really, really love my teammates and being a Hawkeye but after last year, I just kind of felt I was ready to try a new journey and meet new people." 

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She is the younger sister of former Iowa star Makenzie Meyer. But Megan Meyer now gets a chance to carve out her own legacy at Drake, a school that originally pursued her while she was in high school. Meyer was a star at Mason City, where she averaged 25.1 points, 2.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 3.3 steals a game while leading her team to the Class 4A quarterfinals in 2018.

Meyer said she was a fan of former Drake coach Jennie Baranczyk, who recently left for Oklahoma and Allison Pohlman who took over for her. The two nearly secured her commitment in high school. Even with Baranczyk gone, Pohlman was able to lure Meyer to Des Moines this time. 

"Getting to talk to her again, I just feel like I'll be really comfortable on her team," Meyer said. 

Tommy Birch, the Register's sports enterprise and features reporter, has been working at the newspaper since 2008. He's the 2018 and 2020 Iowa Sportswriter of the Year. Reach him at tbirch@dmreg.com or 515-284-8468. Follow him on Twitter @TommyBirch.