Meeks 'excited' about Cards

Kennedy Meeks, a 6'9, 265 pound center from Charlotte, NC., wants to narrow the focus of his recruitment before the July evaluation period. Scout.com's No. 2 ranked 2013 center prospect has visited Georgetown, UNC, Virginia Tech and NC State and plans to check out Louisville soon.

Kennedy Meeks, a 6'9, 265 pound center from Charlotte, NC., wants to narrow the focus of his recruitment before the July evaluation period. Scout.com's No. 2 ranked 2013 center prospect has visited Georgetown, UNC, Virginia Tech and NC State and plans to check out Louisville soon.

Louisville assistant Kevin Keatts watched Meeks and Team United teammate Sindarius Thornwell Saturday morning at the Nike EYBL Tournament in Hampton and Meeks told InsideTheVille.com that the Cardinals, who are in search of big men this spring, have turned up the recruiting heat recently.

"They've been on me pretty hard lately, which is exciting because Rick Pitino is one of the best coaches to ever coach," Meeks told InsideTheVille.com. "That may be one of the places I visit. They said I have a chance of starting and be a leader on the team."

Meeks followed Louisville's run to the Final Four this season and believes he could fit in well to Rick Pitino's program.

"I know what they're about," said Meeks. "I know that Rick Pitino is a good coach and they get the big man involved. And they focus on defense."

Meeks has developed a solid relationship with Keatts during the recruiting process.

"He's a cool dude, he keeps it real 100 percent," Meeks said. "He tells me what I need to work on in order to be ready. He told me to go ahead and start conditioning because they want to get me to the next level."

Meeks said that Louisville, North Carolina, Syracuse Georgetown, Notre Dame, Duke, Pittsburgh, Stanford, UCLA and "everybody in the ACC" is recruiting him. He claims offers from all of those schools except Duke, Syracuse and UNC.

"I'm looking for a good team that focuses on defense and a good coaching staff that is family first," said Meeks.

Meeks helped Team United start the Hampton event 2-0. In the first game, Meeks struggled against 2014 Chicago big man Jahlil Okafor before fouling out with 2 points and 7 rebounds. Meeks started slowly again Saturday morning, but finished with 8 points and 5 rebounds, connecting on 3 of 3 field goals. He had two assists and two blocks through the first two games.

"I started off pretty slow, but I picked it up in the second half when it counted," Meeks said. "I'm working on my conditioning. I do water aerobics and lift weights."


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