Learning Experience for Meeks

The McDonald's All-American practices are physical and grueling. Kennedy Meeks found that out quickly.

"I'm having fun with all of this, despite this game not really being for big men and despite me being frustrated in practice and stuff like that," Meeks said. "But I think overall stuff has been good."

"I find it kind of hard because I'm not used to playing with these guys throughout the year," he added about practice. "Overall I think these dudes are cool and they are really good at basketball."

Meeks was, however, expecting the play to be competitive and intense.

"I did expect it to be physical, like it is," Meeks said. "Like I said before, I'm just not used to be playing against them all year. I think if I played against them the whole year everything would be smooth. I just don't think there's enough time for me to get used to it. I'm just trying to enjoy myself. It's just an honor and a privilege."

Meeks is one of two future Tar Heels playing in the 2013 McDonald's All-American game. Isaiah Hicks is also an All-American and the two are playing on the East Team together.

"Isaiah is good," Meeks said. "He runs the floor and he rebounds. He does just about everything. He shoots the jump shot. I think it's a great opportunity for us to play together and be a part of the Carolina family."

According to Meeks, the two complement each other well.

"Him being more of a slasher and me being more of a passer and a post guy, I feel like there's a great opportunity for us to come into Carolina and make a difference," he said.

"I'm just trying to get a feel for him because he's going to be my teammate over the next couple years and just trying to see what he's like," Meeks added.

The West Charlotte center committed and signed with the Tar Heels in November and he's excited as ever to be joining their program in the summer.

"If I could go today I would go," Meeks said. "I really care about my future and I really want to be better and be able to run up and down the court even more, rebound more and score more."

How does he see his freshman season going?

"Me averaging a double-double," Meeks said boldly. "Averaging over five assists. Just being a leader on the court and being an anchor on the court like they want me to be and just getting in way better shape."

Meeks said spending time with UNC's strength and conditioning coach Jonas Sahratian will be key in improving his overall game.

"Working out with Jonas and seeing how he really is and just trying to get my body right so I can play on a higher level," Meeks said when asked about what he's looking forward to at UNC.

The McDonald's All-American game tips Wednesday evening at 9:30 ET on ESPN.

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