Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
Birth Date: Feb. 5, 1995
Hometown: Charlotte, N.C.
High School: West Charlotte
Weight: 290 lbs. +/-
Rating: 4 Stars
When looking at a kid of Kennedy Meeks' stature, passing ability is not the first thing that comes to mind. But of all his skills, his passing is one of the most impressive.
Not only is he good at it, he loves dishing the rock. Meeks won't hesitate to drop a dime to a cutter or unwind an outlet pass to start a fast break.
Meeks hasn't fully refined his post game, but he has a solid drop step to lean on as he enters the collegiate ranks. He also has surprising range for a big guy, knocking down jump shots from 15 feet and beyond.
He has soft hands that help him to snag rebounds and post feeds with ease.
Meeks is not a superior athlete, which could change with some weight loss, but don't expect anything dramatic. He has a short vertical that keeps him from playing above the rim.
His short vertical will also become an issue with rebounding at the next level. At 6'8", he is a little short for a center, so positioning will be key for him to be effective on the boards.
Because of size disadvantage and lack of superior athleticism, Meeks will really need to expand his repertoire in the post. It's nice to have a big man with range, but he isn't going to make a living dropping treys.
With the debacle that was the center position this year, it's tough to say exactly what Meeks' role will be in 2013-14. It was a carousel of Joel James, Desmond Hubert, Brice Johnson and James Michael McAdoo.
Until McAdoo took over with the small lineup, it was rare any center got more than 15 minutes on the floor.
That means the competition will be wide open this fall, but I don't see Meeks jumping into a starting role right away. Unless James, Hubert and Johnson show absolutely no improvement, he'll probably just get no more than 10 minutes per game.
We are very pleased that Kennedy has chosen to attend UNC. He is a wonderful kid who has a very supportive family. He's done an excellent job in the classroom and has skills that will really help our team. He may be as good a passing big man as I have ever seen in half-court situations and he throws the outlet pass like Kevin Love did when he was in high school. He has great hands and can score inside.
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