Close to Home: Meads signs with Mid-Atlantic Christian
Was a team captain at Victory Christian
By Malcolm Shields
Monday, May 1, 2017
Victory Christian boys basketball player Matthew Meads signed with Mid-Atlantic Christian on Monday.
For Meads, who held his signing ceremony at MACU's Chesson Gym, joining the Mustangs was a natural fit.
“It was a Christian program and I really liked that,” Meads said.
The fact that the school was close to home also factored in to Meads' commitment to the Mustangs.
Meads, who said he played center with the Eagles, will get the chance to play guard at MACU.
During the recruiting process, MACU men's basketball coach Allan Harris noted that Meads' athleticism, effort on defense and his mid-range shooting stood out to him.
“His IQ level is high,” Harris said. “I'm looking for him to really make a big difference.”
Meads, a varsity player for four seasons, played a role in the Victory Christian boys basketball team posting an 18-4 record last season.
The Eagles earned a second place finish at the North Carolina Christian Athletic Association boys basketball tournament in February.
Victory Christian boys basketball coach Gene Chory said that MACU is getting a tremendous person in Meads noting that Meads has a good character and works hard.
“I've seen him grow every season that he has been with us,” Chory said. “[He] really improved a lot from his junior to his senior year.”
The MACU men’s team also made improvements last winter.
The Mustangs posted a 9-19 record and had a respectable 6-6 mark against United States Collegiate Athletic Association teams.
MACU finished the season with two consecutive wins, which included a third place finish in the Bible College NIT, which was held at Chesson Gym in February.
Signing players from the area is important not only to men's basketball, but for the entire athletic program.
Harris, who is set to enter his third season leading the Mustangs next winter, noted that signing local talent allows for a player's family and the community to come out and support the team.
“I believe in trying to recruit in your own backyard,” Harris said.
More importantly, securing players that embrace the values that the university upholds is a priority.
“Anyone who we bring in, they have to understand the values that's here at MACU,” Harris said. “Growing spiritually, growing academically and athletically. He [Meads] already has the understanding of what's expected.”