Hicks, Meeks Share Spotlight

CHICAGO --- North Carolina signees Isaiah Hicks and Kennedy Meeks competed against the nation's best in the nationally televised McDonald's All-American Game at the United Center on Wednesday.

The West came away with the 110-99 victory over an East squad that included Hicks and Meeks. All-Star games are typically high tempo affairs catered to ball handling guards and high-flying wings. Both Hicks and Meeks received limited minutes and struggled to get into the flow of the game.

"It's stressful," Meeks said. "I talked to recent players that played in the McDonald's Game and they just said that if you don't score just keep playing. Don't worry about the critics. Don't worry about the people around you. Everything is cool and I enjoyed myself."

The West Charlotte HS center grabbed one rebound and finished scoreless on 0-for-3 shooting, including two missed three point attempts. Meeks played just seven minutes, the fewest of the game's 24 players.

The game was never likely to highlight Meeks's skillset, but it remains evident that he needs to shed some weight in order to reach his potential in Roy Williams's fast- paced offense.

Meeks arrives in Chapel Hill on June 15 and expects to start Jonas Sahratian's strength and conditioning program immediately.

"I hope the first day," Meeks said. "As soon as I get there."

Hicks scored four points, all in the second half, on 2-of-6 shooting. He also grabbed two rebounds in his 11 minutes of action.

Hicks is expected to thrive running up and down the court at North Carolina. His length and exceptional athleticism create what the coaching staff hopes to become an ideal piece on both ends of the court.

Despite the up and down style of Wednesday's game, it was Hicks's willingness to battle in the paint against some of the nation's best big men on Wednesday that stood out. Despite his lean stature, the Oxford (N.C.) senior was able to grab a couple rebounds in traffic and twice score through contact in the paint.

"All of us got to work down low," Hicks said. "You can't just be on the outside and you can't just work on the post, so I work on both."

Hicks said he plans to be in Chapel Hill for orientation on June 18.

Meeks is scheduled to play in the Jordan Brand Classic in Brooklyn, N.Y. on April 13.

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