Fresno State Basketball

7-footer from San Joaquin Memorial makes college call. Hint: He’s staying close to home

Braxton Meah had basketball offers from some of the top programs in the nation. But in the end, it was Fresno State for the former San Joaquin Memorial center.

And he says he has a good reason for that.

“A lot of good people that are helping me out in the area,” said Meah, who started his prep career in Utah. “Trainers, players and coaches.”

Meah, listed at 7 feet and 225 pounds, orally committed to the Bulldogs on Wednesday afternoon for the 2020 class.

Other schools that offered included Arizona, Arizona State, Clemson, UTEP, Virginia Tech and Washington.

Fresno State coach Justin Hutson can’t comment until Meah has signed his letter of intent, expected to happen Nov. 13.

Meah was productive for the Panthers last season, averaging 11.3 points with 10.1 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per game playing alongside superstar Jalen Green. Memorial finished 22-11 while claiming the Central Section Division II title.

“Huge pickup for Fresno State,” Panthers coach Brad Roznovsky said. “He’s familiar with the Fresno area after one year here, and it’s a win for Braxton and Fresno State.”

Meah will not play for the Panthers next season because he started his high school eligibility clock by enrolling while still junior-high age, permissible in Utah.

He didn’t play high school until his sophomore and junior years at Layton (Utah) Christian Academy before transferring to Memorial.

Meah will keep busy with basketball, however, playing for Quincy Pondexter’s AAU team – Vegas Elite EYBL.

Pondexter said he was excited to see Meah commit to Fresno State.

“He has unbelievable potential and will do very well at Fresno State with Justin Hutson and his staff,” said Pondexter, who is prepping for his 10th NBA season after starring at Memorial and University of Washington.

When Meah joins the Bulldogs in 2020, they will be a tall team. Assane Diouf is 7-2 (tallest player in program history) and is a redshirt freshman this season; 6-10 forward Orlando Robinson will be a sophomore and 6-11 center Laz Rojas will be a redshirt junior.

Meah would be the fifth 7-footer in program history, and Fresno State has never had two on the same team.

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Anthony Galaviz writes about sports for The Fresno Bee. He covers the Oakland Raiders, high schools, boxing, MMA and junior colleges. He’s been with The Bee since 1997 and attended Fresno City College before graduating from Fresno State with a major in journalism and a minor in criminology.