Meeks Returns to Chapel Hill

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Seven months after helping West Charlotte High School win the 2011 4-A State Championship, Kennedy Meeks returned to Chapel Hill.

This time, however, he was just a spectator.

Meeks, along with UNC commitment Isaiah Hicks, attended the No. 1 Tar Heels' only exhibition game – a 100-58 win over UNC-Pembroke last Friday.

"The experience was great," said Meeks,'s No. 15 overall player in the class of 2013. "It was a good atmosphere and I enjoyed the game."

With the NBA locked out, former UNC players like Marvin Williams, Tyler Hansbrough and Raymond Felton were at the game. Meeks noticed.

"People have always told me how great it is at UNC, how it's like one big family," he said. "With people coming from all across the country to be at the game, you could tell."

Meeks sat courtside with Hicks,'s No. 9 overall player in the class of 2013.

"Isaiah is a cool guy," Meeks said. "He was just telling me how good they treated him when he first came to visit. He really said he'd like it if I committed, but I told him I still have to weigh my options. He was just like ‘It'd be a perfect fit,' with me and him in the frontcourt. He was just encouraging me and telling me that this was the place to be."

After the game, Meeks talked with some of UNC's players, toured the locker room and met with Carolina head coach Roy Williams.

"He was telling me that I remind him a lot of Sean May and that I just need to keep working," Meeks said. "He really likes me and he's going to come to some games this year."

Meeks has scholarship offers from Boston College, Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Maryland, UMass, Miami, UNC-Charlotte, NC State, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, and Xavier.

Though UNC has yet to offer, Meeks believes he's a high-priority for the Tar Heels.

"I think they have strong interest – real strong interest," he said. "Whenever they're allowed to call, they do. I've heard from Coach Rob(inson) and C.B. (McGrath) the most – they're cool dudes."

Carolina increased its attention on Meeks after an impressive open-gym session at West Charlotte, attended by Williams, in September.

"That was my first time seeing him in person," Meeks said of Williams. "It was an honor – he's one of the most well-known coaches in the country. I was thinking about him being there every time I did something. I was like ‘Come on man, don't mess up.' But I kept pushing, did well and I guess he liked it."

Some prospects get confused by UNC's approach to offering scholarships. Meeks, however, not only understands, but appreciates it.

"(Coach Williams) explained it to me, and the guys on the UNC team said he's usually one of the last ones to offer you," Meeks explained. "I'm not upset about it at all -- it shows that he really has interest in me. Schools can offer you and not even see you – I don't get that. It's good to know that a school is taking their time to watch me and then offer me. I don't want schools just offering me a scholarship because I'm Kennedy Meeks, or because they saw my name on a list."

By the end of his junior year, Meeks plans to trim his school list and narrow in on a decision.

"Choosing a college is going to be a difficult decision," Meeks said. "I want to go somewhere that feeds its big men, is like a family and wins championships."

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