Starved for a new big man on campus, Georgetown Hoyas fans can delight in the news that high school basketball recruit Kennedy Meeks, considered one of the top center prospects, told the Charlotte Observer that he will play for either the Hoyas or North Carolina Tar Heels.
Considered a beast on the boards, the 6-9, 275 pounds Meeks was named MVP of the 2011 state title. Often called “Big Baby” or “Baby Meeks”, because of his youthful chubby cheeks, Meeks has a man’s game. He led West Charlotte to three straight North Carolina 4A Western Regional championship games and two 4A state finals. He was named MVP of the 2011 state finals.
Both Rivals and ESPN rank Meeks among the top five centers for the class of 2013.
Despite Georgetown’s history of attracting hall of fame caliber big men, such as Patrick Ewing, Alonzo Morning, Dikembe Mutombo and Roy Hibbert, the Hoyas find themselves with more questions than answers at center this year. Going into the season opener coach John Thompson III had not decided on starting center.
Meeks reportedly narrowed his choice after a recent official visit to Georgetown.
“I just felt like I had the best opportunity with those two,” Meeks told the Observer. ”If I was to stay two years and leave (for the NBA), I know I could come back and still get my education. Basketball-wise, both schools have good coaches and great teams.”
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