This individual sounds like an impressive guy. I read elsewhere that he had over a 1400 SAT. Another example of the type of student / athlete / human being Williams’ dual excellence allows it to attract. The article can be seen here. As there is (free) registration required, the article is also pasted below:

Grant Thomas Meyer, 18, Fullerton Union High School

During a routine basketball drill, a teammate knocked Grant Meyer to the ground. When he got up, the world was spinning.

Coach Bill Czech rushed him to St. Jude Medical Center.

There, neurologist Dr. Jack H. Florin told the junior he’d had a stroke caused by patent foramen ovale, or PFO, a common malformation in the heart that sometimes causes stroke in young people.

But when Florin went in to operate, the PFO had corrected itself – not a miracle, but rare. Meyer was not at risk for another stroke, but Florin didn’t know whether he’d be able to play basketball.

Meyer couldn’t turn left or make any quick movements. When he returned to school, he needed nine hours of sleep instead of six. Teachers said he could nap during the day, but he refused.

“I had no doubts I was going to get back into basketball by the end of the season,” Meyer said.

Before he’d had the stroke, Meyer hadn’t planned to play basketball in college. But with the challenge before him, he was motivated to push himself. Slowly, he regained strength. But his coordination was still off. On the court, the toughest thing to do was the defensive side-to-side motion.

At night, he would practice sprinting in his back yard. On weekends, he’d take his bike out to the trails.

Florin watched as Meyer recovered.

“He was very tough and very motivated,” Florin said.

By the end of the season, he played in the last three games and the playoffs.

He trained all summer, pushing himself to his physical limit. Senior year, not only was he was back on the team, but he made first team all-league, all while managing to graduate today with a 4.62 GPA.

Next fall, he’ll head to Williams College in Massachusetts, where he’ll play Division III basketball.

“I just remember playing and feeling really good about where I was and how far I’d gone,” Meyer said. “I felt like I could even go farther than before.”

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