Former IU player Jamal Meeks joins Michael Lewis as assistant at Ball State

Former IU basketball player Michael Lewis has hired another fellow Hoosier to join his basketball staff.

The new head coach at Ball State hired former Indiana guard Jamal Meeks to be an assistant coach, the school announced on Thursday.

Meeks joins Ball State after spending the last seven seasons at Monmouth, including five as an assistant coach.

While with the Hawks, Meeks played an integral part of the program, assisting in recruiting, scouting and everyday operation of the program. Three Hawks, Diago Quinn, Deion Hammond and Ray Salnave earned all-conference honors under Meeks’ guidance. In Meeks’ total time on staff, the Hawks amassed 98 total victories.

“Obviously, there’s an IU connection there,” Lewis said of Meeks.  “I’ve followed him as I became a coach. He has a great personality and brings a lot of energy. He understands the game and comes from a program at Monmouth, where he, along with King Rice, have developed a perennial power in the MAAC. It’s great to bring him back closer to home.”

Meeks, played in 129 career games, earning 44 starts over four seasons at Indiana and he competed in the 1992 NCAA Final Four.

Meeks started his coaching career in 1997 as an assistant at Bowling Green under Dan Dakich before moving on to Butler as part of Thad Matta’s staff. At both stops, Meeks served as the Director of Recruitment, while his coaching responsibilities included working with post players, game preparation and academics.

A team co-captain for the Hoosiers, Meeks graduated from Indiana with a Bachelor of Arts degree in criminal justice. While playing for the Hoosiers, he scored 445 points for his career to go with 474 assists.  He shot .474 percent from the field and .403 from 3-point range.

Lewis has also hired Bill Comar as his special assistant.  He held the role of Director of Basketball Operations under Archie Miller at Indiana.

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