Jan 272011
 
Authors: Kevin Lytle

Sometimes all a person needs is a change of scenery to turn things around.

And after a second half of his freshman season at Iowa State filled with injury, illness and missed games, Wes Eikmeier decided a change was necessary.

That change came in the form of a transfer to the CSU basketball program, where Eikmeier is quickly becoming a star for the Rams.

Eikmeier caught the attention of Rams fans with a career-high 25 points last week against No. 9 Brigham Young.

But his success hasn’t come out of nowhere.

Eikmeier was a two-time Nebraska Player of the Year and averaged 31 points per game as a senior at Archbishop Bergan High School on an undefeated, state championship team.

The recruiting of Eikmeier never reached CSU because of his decision to commit to Iowa State following his sophomore year, a decision he now regrets.

“Looking back on it, I kindof wish I would have waited,” Eikmeier said. “At the time I felt like (Iowa State) was the best fit for me.”

At Iowa State Eikmeier played in 26 games as a true freshman, averaging about three points per game.

But the second half of his freshman campaign was mired in misfortune. Eikmeier missed large chunks of time with a series of ailments including catching the flu twice, suffering two sprained ankles, and hyperextending an elbow.

Following the season Eikmeier decided he was going to transfer to a new program.

Eikmeier was pointed out to CSU coach Tim Miles by guard Jesse Carr. Carr and Eikmeier had been AAU teammates in Nebraska.

With Carr’s encouragement, Eikmeier visited CSU. After touring the school and visiting with Miles, he was sold.

The philosophy and demeanor of Miles was the reason Eikmeier picked CSU.

“I could sense it was going in the right direction,” Eikmeier said.
The Rams are certainly happy to have him to help lead the program.

“Wes is an excellent player,” Miles said. “He’s good offensively, he’s good defensively. He’s a very good all-around player.”

The sophomore guard is averaging almost 11 points per game after sitting out last season due to NCAA transfer regulations.

Eikmeier feels he’s now in the right place.

“I made the right decision. I’m glad about where our program is going.”
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Men’s basketball beat reporter Kevin Lytle can be reached at sports@collegian.com._

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