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Kennedy Meeks Returning to UNC For Senior Season

The Tar Heel center has started 77 games in his college career.

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. --- Kennedy Meeks has made the decision to remove himself from the NBA Draft, the school announced on Wednesday.

Meeks averaged 9.2 points and 5.9 rebounds in 33 games as a junior last season.

“I’m thankful I had the chance to explore my draft options, but I’m excited about the opportunity to rejoin my teammates and work toward having another outstanding season at UNC,” Meeks said in a UNC release. “I appreciate the support my coaches and teammates gave me during this process as we gathered information about my professional opportunities at this time. The feedback on what I have to work on so that I can have a great senior year, help my team have a great season and be ready to take that next step is invaluable.”

The Charlotte, N.C. native, who entered his name into the draft process without signing with an agent, did not receive an invitation to next week's NBA Draft Combine.

“Kennedy did the right thing in taking the time to see where he stood with the NBA Draft at this point in his career, an opportunity we encourage all of our players to take,” UNC head coach Roy Williams said in the release. “I think Kennedy’s made the right decision in returning to school to finish his degree and put himself in better position toward playing professional basketball, which is his dream. If he works hard this summer, he can have a big-time senior season and also help our team reach its goals.”

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