2016 NBA Draft Prospect: Kennedy Meeks

Kennedy Meeks plays basketball for the University of North Carolina Tar Heels. And he plays the game at a very high level. In fact, this 6’10” two hundred sixty pound Power Forward, now beginning his junior year, keeps winning awards and high praise.

Kennedy Meeks plays basketball for the University of North Carolina Tar Heels

Kennedy Meeks plays basketball for the University of North Carolina Tar Heels

A native of Charlotte, North Carolina, this rapidly-growing and highly capable basketball player brought success to his West Charlotte High School team. His performances at the public school level were so dynamic that he caught the attention of college scouts and Head Coach Roy Williams.
The nationally-known coach recruited Meeks who gladly accepted a scholarship from the college that was his first choice, making the contract “a deal made in Heaven.”
Meeks is a very talented performer who seems to get better with every game he plays. So it was no surprise when the young player enjoyed great results as a freshman for the Tar Heels. In his first year, the recent high school graduate enjoyed a scoring average of 7.6 points per game while pulling down 6.1 rebounds per game.
Those statistics were good enough to earn him a spot on the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) All-Freshman team. And then last year, in the 2014-2015 Season, Meeks, now a sophomore, really produced at a very high level.
In fact, the Power Forward led his team in blocked shots, placed second in rebounds and third in scoring, a great accomplishment for a second year college athlete. Better yet, he placed eight in in blocked shots and ninth in rebounds among all players in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
His improvement was apparent in other ways, as well. For example, Kennedy Meeks scored in double figures twenty-two times in the 2014-2015 Season and corralled more than ten rebounds in 10 games He also produced ten “double doubles“ and played an average of thirty minutes per game throughout the long college season.
That immense production marked this player as someone to watch. And, in truth, scouts for National Basketball Association (NBA) teams were present at many of the games played by the University of North Carolina. The consensus opinion is that this player will be a very high draft selection when he decides to turn pro.
Meanwhile, Sports Illustrated has named him one of the nation’s Top Ten High Impact Players for the upcoming 2015-2016 Season. Meeks, who is still growing bigger and stronger was good as a freshman, better as a sophomore and will almost certainly improve dramatically in the soon-to-begin new season.
6’10” players with basketball ability are difficult to find. When one becomes available, he gets lots of attention, a contract and lots of money. That is very likely what is in store for Kennedy Meeks.
His ability is not in question. What scouts will want to know is if this dynamic Power Forward will leave school in 2016 or wait until he graduates a year after that.
Courtesy of Bleacher Report

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