Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
Roy Williams knows better than anybody that a dominant inside game can do wonders for your team’s national championship aspirations.
In 2005, Sean May controlled the glass and ate up opposing centers down low as North Carolina went on to win the national championship.
In 2009, Tyler Hansbrough, Ed Davis and Deon Thompson all contributed as the Michigan State Spartans were harassed all over the court, especially inside.
However, after losing starters Tyler Zeller and Jon Henson to the pros last year, Williams’ cupboard was suddenly bare, only having one returning forward with enough experience.
James Michael McAdoo played sporadically for the Heels in his freshman year, getting significant minutes off the bench only after Henson went down with an injury late in the year.
After assuming the starting role at center last year, McAdoo, normally a power forward, looked like a child when having to go up against the likes of James Whithey of Kansas and other true centers in the NCAA.
Hopefully, Williams has found the big man he needs to switch McAdoo back to his natural position with the upcoming recruiting class.
Kennedy Meeks, No. 41 on the ESPN Top 100, may be small, but he can be the next Sean May with his 275-pound frame. He has the big body to withstand bigger and taller centers, along with a great eye for outlet passing, a perfect fit for Roy Williams’ system.
Meeks can generate fast breaks early and often, allowing North Carolina to return to form next season.