Exciting In-Home for Meeks

With his entire family present, Kennedy Meeks welcomed UNC head coach Roy Williams and assistants C.B. McGrath and Hubert Davis for an in-home visit.

More than 30 family members met with the visiting Tar Heel coaches on Sunday evening, a departure from the normal setup during in-home visits, which usually includes parents and a high school coach.

"I love my family," said Meeks. "Nobody was missing, they all were there."

Meeks said Williams welcomed the added attention and gave an "exciting" presentation.

"He was an exciting dude and I liked that a lot," Meeks explained. "The way he interacts with his players – that kind of surprised me. He said that during practice he works with the big men, him and C.B, while coaches Robinson and Davis work with the guards. That's exciting because it's the head coach; you know what he expects from you and what he wants."

Williams reiterated to Meeks that he he sees him as a Sean May type player, with an ability to pass and score with his back to the basket.

"They showed me a video from when they won their championships," said Meeks. "That was cool – I always want to be a part of a championship."

In addition to meeting with Williams and McGrath, Meeks was able to meet Davis in person for the first time.

"It was crazy to me, because that (broadcasting) is probably what I want to do after hopefully playing in the NBA," Meeks said. "If that was to become my coach it would be exciting to be around him."

Meeks is the No. 29 ranked player – the No. 1-ranked center – in the class of 2013 by Scout.com. And he's the only center on the Tar Heel radar for the senior class.

"They said I'm the only big man I'm recruiting," Meeks said. "Aside from Julius Randle and Isaiah Hicks, of course, but they're power forwards."

While he doesn't speak often with Randle, Meeks said he has regular conversations with Hicks. One of UNC's two 2013 commitments, Hicks is trying to get more homegrown, frontcourt talent to Chapel Hill.

"I talk to Isaiah all the time – it's always cool with him," said Meeks. "We're both from North Carolina so…yeah, he is recruiting me."

Playing time isn't a necessity to Meeks as a freshman, though Williams touched on the topic.

"He said if I do everything right, then there's a chance I can start," Meeks said. "Playing time is earned he said and not given. If I work hard everything should fall in place."

One thing Williams briefly mentioned as an area for an improvement for Meeks is his conditioning - something Meeks has been working on.

"I feel better running down the court and I'm feeling better overall," he said. "Coach Williams talked about how I can excel and get even better with strength and conditioning. I'm trying to get to the point that when I get to school, I won't have to start over. I can just keep getting better."

The recent efforts at improved conditioning has started to show on the court. At the Elite 75 camp in Gastonia, N.C. this past weekend, Scout.com's Brian Snow called Meeks "noticeably slimmer than he was during the summer."

Meek said he expects to settle on official visit dates when his in-home visits are completed. The final coaching staff to visit Meeks will be Indiana on Wednesday.

Kentucky, N.C. State and Georgetown have already had in-home visits.

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