Kennedy Meeks Throws Down…to the Bahamas?


Andrew Carter of the Raleigh News and Observer reports that sophomore North Carolina forward Kennedy Meeks windmill dunked a basketball recently. If you go to Carter’s article, you can even find visual proof.

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Carter also mentioned Meeks’s struggle to lose weight and add explosiveness. Meeks came in at 320 as a freshman, but got down to 280 over the course of the season. Carter writes that he is now at 270, which means he still larger than Sean May’s listed playing weight (266).

I don’t mention May by accident. Meeks is supposed to inherit his role as a post finisher. That was a department that the Heels did not need to worry about during the Sean May and Tyler Hansbrough eras. If the ball could get to the post, it would find its way to the hoop.

Last season Meeks showed a tenaciousness when he played, but he was not always able to finish plays. Hopefully his new found explosion will change that. If he can move his feet quicker on defense, so much the better. Reliable post scoring has been key to Roy Williams title teams. If this crew wants to call themselves a contender, Meeks will be the most likely man to deliver on that element.

Nov 30, 2013; Paradise Island, BAHAMAS; Battle 4 Atlantis mascot Bounce during the game between the Iowa Hawkeyes and Villanova Wildcats in the 2013 Battle 4 Atlantis Championship game in the Imperial Arena at the Atlantis Resort. Villanova won 88-83. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

UNC Basketball going to the Bahamas

Andy Katz of ESPN reports that the UNC Mens Basketball team will be going to the Bahamas for two exhibition games. On August 15, they will face the Providence Storm. On August 16, they will face the Bahamas All-Stars.

One interesting thing about this August trip to the Bahamas means that the Tar Heels will not be playing their normal ‘secret scrimmage’ against Vanderbilt this year.