Pack Checks In On Meeks

West Charlotte (NC) center Kennedy Meeks is one of the top rising juniors in the state, and he has been busy this week working out for college coaches.

West Charlotte (NC) center Kennedy Meeks is one of the top rising juniors in the state, and he has been busy this week working out for college coaches.

"Well some of the schools that have been by are Xavier, Clemson, Virginia, UNC-Wilmington, UNC-Greensboro, Boston College, Liberty, Wake Forest, Buffalo, NC State, and Charlotte," said Meeks. "So far I have offers from UMASS, South Carolina, and Virginia Tech."

Meeks averaged 13 points and 12 rebounds as a sophomore, as the 6-foot-8, 260-pounder played a key role in West Charlotte winning the state 4A title. West Charlotte defeated Raleigh (NC) Millbrook 78-69 to win the title, the school's seventh title in the past 25 years. Meeks had 12 points, 19 rebounds, and two blocks in the win, and he was named title game MVP for his efforts.

"That was a special game," said Meeks. "We won a title, and I was named MVP. That was great."

Meeks started making a name for himself on the recruiting scene with a strong showing in the 2010 Carolina Challenge and the Elite 75 where he impressed Scout.com's Dave Telep.

"He's a classic center," wrote Telep. "Meeks has exceptional hands and good feet plus he's already a good passer. The next step is gaining lift and improving his athleticism. You don't find many young bigs who have his feel and comfort in the lane.

"With the right attention to detail conditioning wise he can transform himself into a top tier pivot man."

He was back at it again in the 2011 Carolina Challenge, where he proved to be one of the top players, regardless of class, in the state.

"One of the better post prospects in attendance, Meeks, a 6-foot-8, 260-pounder, showcased his full game at the Challenge," said Scout's Evan Daniels. "For a guy his size he has a great set of hands, terrific touch around the basket and is even capable of stepping out for jumpers from 15 to 21-feet. He even knocked down a pair of three-pointers and an 18-footer on consecutive possessions. He averaged 12 points per outing."

NC State assistant Bobby Lutz watched Meeks work out on Wednesday, and the talented junior admits he's still looking to find out more about NC State and the new coaching staff.

"That was my first time seeing coach Lutz," said Meeks. "I know he's supposed to be a good coach, and I'm still trying to learn more about him and NC State. I know they want me to come up for a visit sometime soon."

As of now Meeks admits that he's wide open but does have a top five and an early favorite.

"Well I'm open but if I had to give a top five I'd say Georgetown, Virginia Tech, [North] Carolina, NC State, and Marquette," Meeks said. "Georgetown is my favorite. They run that inside-out game that I like."

With over a year left until his signing period, Meeks is in no hurry to make a decision. He's playing this spring and summer with Team United and will be back in action this weekend in an AAU tournament down in Clemson... looking to impress college coaches and land more scholarship offers.


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