Not often do you see a kid complete his freshman year in high school that played sparingly, and walk into his sophomore year holding a high-major offer.
Enter Kennedy Meeks.
"I was excited. Real excited," Meeks said of his first offer. "Knowing that I got a scholarship offer to go to college is good."
So which school brought such excitement to Meeks?
Answer: South Carolina.
The 6-foot-7 Charlotte standout also holds an offer from North Florida, he said, with interest spanning from "all the ACC schools really but Duke and Georgia Tech." He also mentioned Marquette and Georgetown as schools that have shown interest, with Georgetown being a school he's also really interested in with its history of big men.
Meeks talked about his experience in playing well this summer, where he garnered most of the interest.
"I actually did better than I thought I was going to do (this summer)," he said. "It was my first year with a new team. Once I got the hang of it, I just got in a grove and just did what I had to do.
"I didn't feel under pressure all the time, and when I came out, they kept the same momentum as me."
One AAU teammate of Meeks stands out to him, and that's fellow 2013 recruit Sindarius Thornwell.
"He was talking about how if we both went to South Carolina how good we would be," said Meeks of Thornwell. "It's a certain bond that we have."
As far as his plans for his sophomore season go, the West Charlotte High (N.C.) standout has a bigger role he intends to fill.
"I talked with my high school coach (Barrington Berry) today," Meeks said. "He wants me to meet him in the morning."
One thing they'll talk about is Meeks' future — short-term and long-term.
As for the present, when asked if Meeks had a leader, he simply responded "South Carolina."
"I kind of want to be close to my family so they can come see me play," he said, "but I know they'll travel to see me play where ever."
One thing is certain for Meeks' family.
"They were very excited," said Meeks of his first offer. "Everybody in my family went to college."
Meeks has been thinking about the opportunity and said he wants to major in sports broadcasting in college.
Meeks has a Leader
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