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Meacham joins Illinois men's basketball squad

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[AUG. 25, 2005]  CHAMPAIGN -- Champaign native Trent Meacham has joined the Fighting Illini men's basketball squad after transferring from the University of Dayton. Meacham, a 6-foot-two, 190-pound guard, will sit out this year in accordance with NCAA transfer rules and will have three years of eligibility remaining beginning with the 2006-07 season.

Meacham was Dayton's first guard off the bench during his true-freshman season in 2004-05, when he played in all 29 games, averaging 6.4 points and 2.7 assists. He shot 46 percent from 3-point range, making 28 of 61 treys.

Meacham was a first-team all-state selection by The Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette and was the News-Gazette's All-Area Player of the Year as a senior at Centennial High School. The MVP of the Big 12 Conference, he averaged 18.1 points, 4.0 rebounds and 5.6 assists per game during his senior season in 2003-04 to also earn all-state honors from the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association.

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Meacham also had success in AAU basketball. He helped lead his Martin Brothers Select team to the 2004 Senior Boys AAU National Championship, scoring 33 points in the title game. Martin Brothers Select also won the 2004 Nike Memorial Day Classic, where Meacham was named MVP.

[Derrick Burson, assistant sports information director, University of Illinois]

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