SAU Buzz

Fighting Bee: Jake Meeske

by Eva Latz
Posted on Feb 16, 2017

From first grade to his first year of college, Jake Meeske has always found himself on a basketball court. Now that he’s part of the St. Ambrose team, he’s already made some incredible memories, and is looking forward to his future as a Fighting Bee.

 

  1. When did you start playing basketball? When did you know you wanted to play in college?

I started playing basketball when I was in first grade, but my parents had a ball in my hands since I was about a year old. I knew I wanted to play in college, because I didn’t want to stop after high school because of all the experience, and the enjoyment that the game has given me.

 

  1. What basketball player(s) have inspired you throughout the years? Why?

I really like Steve Gnash. Ever since I was little kid, he has been my favorite player to watch. He has crazy ball handling and passing that I’ve ever seen. Just his IQ for the game has been great. I’ve always wanted to model my game after him. Also, Coach Ray expects the best of us and pushes us to be successful every day.

 

  1. What do you think the biggest strengths and the biggest weaknesses of the basketball team are? What can you improve on?

I think our biggest strengths would have to be our shooting on the perimeter and our quickness. We have a lot of guards, so we can get out on a fastbreak and run. Our biggest weakness I’d have to say is rebounding. We’re trying to improve on that now, so during practice we have a lot of box out drills and rebounding drills. Us guards can’t just rely on the base, it has to be all of us as a team.

 

  1. Do you have something you always do before games to get you pumped up? What do you do personally, and what do you guys do as a team?

Well, before the game I always like to drink gatorade and eat a snickers bar. I always listen to the same songs before every game to get me locked in. As a team, we all have our own way to prepare. Everyone does their own thing, so that we’re all mentally prepared for a game. Some dancing is involved.

 

  1. Describe the adjustment from high school to college basketball. Was it difficult?

Coming as a freshman, you don’t know what to expect, but the team has really welcomed me. I’ve made really good friends on the team. I expect our team to do big things moving forward.

 

  1. What’s the best memory you’ve had this season?

My favorite memory of this season is when we were playing Missouri Baptist, which is probably one of the best teams we’ve played this year, and everything in that game seemed to be clicking. We were playing together. We played well. We were down by one with 9 seconds to go, and coach called a timeout and drove a play. We executed the play very well. We found Jacoby Posley in the corner for a three, and he sunk it through the bottom of the net right as the buzzer sounded. Then the whole team started jumping up and down and going crazy.