Raiders Retire Jersey, Honor Meyer In Ceremony
RUTHVEN?- It hardly seems possible that 18 years ago, former Iowa State University Basketball Coach Johnny Orr would be seated on the bleachers in the Ruthven-Ayrshire High School gym, watching a boys basketball game.
Actually, Coach Orr was watching one part of the game, a dominating presence wearing number 40 for the Ruthven Ayrshire Rams, Loren Meyer.
At 6’10“, Meyer began a force that had to be reckoned with during Cornbelt Conference games during his high school career. Loren would score 1,996 points in his career, grab 1,061 rebounds and scored a school record 60 points in one game. He also scored 52 points in a pair of games in his senior season, part of which he missed due to a knee injury.
A three-time First Team All Cornbelt Conference honoree, First Team All State pick and Third Team All American in high school, Meyer would go on to join Coach Orr and play for Iowa State from 1991 through 1995, helping the Cyclones earn NCAA?Tournament berths in 1992, 1993 and 1995, and earned honors by being named to the Big 8 All Tournament Team in 1995.
The NBA?came calling, and on a Spring evening in Ruthven in 1995, Meyer got a phone call from the Dallas Mavericks, starting a three-year NBA?career with the Mavericks, Phoenix Suns and Denver Nuggets before retirement.
Loren has returned to the Ruthven area, and can be found watching his step-son play basketball for the Raiders.
During Friday’s ceremonies in front of a packed house in the RA?Gym, Meyer’s accomplishments were greeted with applause and a standing ovation from the crowd.
“All of the things I?accomplished in my career wouldn’t have been possible without my teammates, my coaches, my family and friends and all of you,“?Meyer said, with his voice cracking. “I’ve literally played basketball in gyms all over the world, and I can honestly say that this gym has always been the best place in the world to play.”
Meyer’s jersey will be placed on display in the lobby of the RA?Gym.