HYATTSVILLE, Md. – Kennedy Meeks didn’t have his best game against Paul VI (Va.) on Saturday, but that didn’t stop head coaches from stopping by to check out the big man.
North Carolina State’s Mark Gottfried strolled in; Tony Bennett of Virginia was there; Mark Turgeon came by; and even John Thompson III, after beating Howard, had to get a glimpse.
Meeks struggled, scoring five points and grabbing three rebounds before fouling out in the loss.
However, Meeks was still able to show some of the tools that make him the No. 34-ranked player in the class of 2013. Because of his size – 6-foot-8, 270 lbs. – Meeks dwarfs most opponents that try to defend him. He has great hands and looks to pass out of a double team. He knows how to finish at the rim, and he has a soft touch. However, on Saturday, he wasn’t nearly aggressive enough and didn’t make himself available down low.
“I don’t think I played that good,” he said.
Meeks has plenty of college interest, citing offers from everyone in the ACC besides Duke and North Carolina, while also hearing from Georgetown, South Carolina, Syracuse and others.
Despite not offering, the Tar Heels are firmly in the race for Meeks.
“They’re going to be in the picture,” Meeks said.
The top priority on Meeks’ wish list is his ability to be a factor down low at the next level. He wants to be involved in the offense.
“Somewhere that feeds the big man,” he said.
Expect West Charlotte (N.C.) to be a revolving door of coaches in the next two years.
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