Meeks Moving Toward Decision

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Kennedy Meeks's recruitment is nearing its final stage.

Two months before the start of his senior season at West Charlotte (N.C.) High School, Meeks is preparing to make one of the most important decisions of his life.

Helping him will be a group of his most trusted advisors.

"I'll probably [make a decision] in late summer," Meeks said on Thursday night. "My aunt, mom, uncle and cousin are going to help me make my decision. It's a big one. It's going to be hard… so I have to take my time."

To help with that process, the 6-foot-8, 270-pound center said he plans to take visits to some of his favorite schools over the next month.

"I'm going to go on my visits in a couple weeks," he said. "[I'm going to visit] Indiana, Georgetown, Carolina, Louisville and N.C. State."

He cited comfort level with coaching staffs and a family-like atmosphere among teammates as key factors in his decision.

As for his relationship with the UNC coaching staff, he says he speaks to them regularly. The conversations include life, family and of course basketball.

"They tell me I remind them of Sean May," he said. "I like UNC – just the way they develop their players and the way they get them to the next level."

At this year's NBPA Top 100 Camp, Meeks is getting instruction and training from several former NBA players, including big man Jarron Collins.

In Thursday's morning session, he had the camp's only double-double, scoring 16 points and grabbing 11 rebounds.

Meeks excels from the high post and has expanded his range out beyond the 3-point line. He's a good rebounder who, despite not having elite athleticism, corrals rebounds with good hands and positioning.

"I feel like I'm helping my team," Meeks said after his final game of the day. "[I'm] Just scoring, getting up the court and playing defense."

With teammate and UNC target Marcus Lee out with an injury, Meeks was forced to play extended minutes in the night session. The session brought to light a question many have about's No. 34 overall player in the class of 2013 – conditioning.

"I'm losing weight day-by-day," said Meeks. "I do water aerobics and get on the bike – that's about it."

After the NBPA's camp, Meeks plans to attend the Nike Skills Academy in Chicago beginning on June 21, followed by the LeBron James Skills Academy in Las Vegas on July 6.

He'll finish off the Nike EYBL summer circuit with Team United at the EYBL Finals in North Augusta, S.C., starting July 18.

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