When we first spoke with Kennedy Meeks a couple of years ago, North Carolina and Georgetown were two of the first schools he mentioned. That hasn't changed. Heading into Friday, the Tar Heels and Hoyas were the final choices left on his list.
On Friday, though, Meeks ended the suspense by choosing North Carolina.
Georgetown was heavily involved throughout the process, but Meeks couldn't bring himself to turn down the in-state program. Other schools recruiting Meeks at one point or another included Indiana, Louisville, North Carolina State, Florida, Maryland and many others.
Meeks, a 6-foot-8 post player from West Charlotte (N.C.), is the No. 2-ranked center in the class of 2013. He is slotted at No. 26 overall. Talent and skills were never a question with Meeks, but his conditioning and fitness have constantly been an issue. However, he is aware of this fact and has made a concerted effort to get his body in better shape. Meeks has great hands and a variety of moves with his back to the basket. Additionally, he is effective at jumpstarting fast breaks with his outlet passes.
Meeks is the third member of the Tar Heels' 2013 class, joining No. 20-ranked Isaiah Hicks and No. 64-ranked Nate Britt. North Carolina only has one senior on its roster, guard Dexter Strickland, but it is expected to lose forward James Michael McAdoo to the NBA. All three should get the chance to come in and acclimate themselves to the college game; don't expect any to be thrown into the fire immediately.