In conjunction with the Hiram College men's basketball team's alumni day on Saturday, Jan. 20, the Terriers will be retiring the jersey of former hoops standout Bill Meyer '66 for his achievements during his basketball career.
An AP All-State performer for Warrensville Heights in 1961, Meyer was a three year member of the Hiram men's basketball team from 1961-1965. He appeared in all 65 games over a three-year career and still ranks among the school's best players in numerous categories.
The school's second 1,000-scorer in Hiram history, Meyer still ranks 12th on the College's all-time scoring list at 1,237 career points, despite playing just three seasons. At the time of his graduation, his 19.0 points per game were a Terrier school record, a number that stood until 1981, and still holds as the fourth-best total today.
A two-time All-Ohio Athletic Conference selection, Meyer earned first-team honors following the 1964-65 campaign. During that season, Meyer shot .510 from the field, .821 from the charity stripe, and was the first player in school history to average of 20 points per game (21.5).
In the 123-year history of Hiram men's basketball, there have only been 10 40+-point performances. Meyer posted the first, dropping a school record 41 points in an 86-73 victory over Kenyon College on Jan. 23, 1965. The record stood until 1974.
Following graduation, Meyer was the first, and only, player in Terrier history to be selected in the NBA draft. He went in the 11th round to the New York Knickerbockers in 1965. Following that, he played with the 1967-68 American Basketball Association Champion, Pittsburgh Pipers (below).
Currently, Meyer still ranks in the top 10 in Hiram history in five separate categories. Along with his points per game, he sits among the Terrier best in field goals made, rebounds and free throw percentage. His career mark at the charity stripe (.800) was a Hiram record until 1994, and still sits as the fourth-best mark, today.
"We had some fine basketball players during Coach Hollinger's time, but Meyer is one of the best that I had the pleasure of coaching," remarked legendary Hiram coach Bill Proverbs, who coached Meyer during his three seasons as a Terrier. "In all my years at Hiram, I don't think we had a better all-around athlete, or basketball player. His abilities were something I hadn't seen before, or since.
"I am very happy for Bill to be receiving this honor. There is none more deserving than him."
Meyer was elected to the Hiram Hollinger Hall of Fame in 1983, and was most recently given the Athletic Director's award in 2015. He is the second Terrier to ever have his jersey retired, joining Hiram's all-time leading scorer, Rod Swartz '87, as the only players to garner the distinction.
Meyer will be honored prior to the Terrier men's basketball game on Saturday, Jan. 20 as Hiram takes on Oberlin College at 2 p.m.