Indiana making a push for 2013 center Kennedy Meeks

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Kennedy Meeks only had four points and five assists in his first game at the Nike Global Challenge.

In his second, he had six points and nine rebounds and in his third, he totaled two and three in limited minutes due to foul trouble.

But despite struggling statistically so far this weekend, it’s easy to see why so many schools are in hot pursuit.

The 2013 center consistently clogged the lane with his 6-foot-9, 297 lb. frame and had a soft touch around the basket. His physicality alone forced the opposition to alter shots in mid-air.

Meeks, who plays at West Charlotte High in Charlotte, North Carolina, is also known as arguably the best passing post player in his class.

He listed Kentucky, Indiana, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Louisville, Georgetown, Syracuse and Pittsburgh as the schools pursuing him the hardest.

In terms of the Hoosiers, Meeks said he is very interested and wants to take a visit to Bloomington in the coming months.

“They are one of the schools that have contacted me the most,” he said. “Coach Crean is a good coach. He shows his players the importance of defense.”

Meeks added that he spoke with Tom Crean two days ago and assistant Kenny Johnson last night. Both told him he could be an instant contributor for the Hoosiers.

“Just come in and play as a freshman, play good,” Meeks said of the coaches expectations. “Just be ready.”

  • inLinE6

    Is Meeks better than Anya?

  • Tim Indy

    We’re already oversigned by 1 in `13-14 and we are still going after Anya, Meeks, and 3 others?

  • Mr_Howard8h

    Does he have an offer?

  • WisconHoosier

    Can he play the point, when Yogi needs a rest?

  • WisconHoosier

    Can he play the point, when Yogi needs a rest?

  • http://www.facebook.com/eric.wojcik Eric Wojcik

    Good Christ. Is there a year end award for trying to contact the most players?

  • cdog

    Anya is the man and if he commits, IU is done for the 2013 class. CTC is just trying to line up alternatives if Anya goes somewhere else. Meeks would be a good backup plan to Anya. I think with the right coaching and conditioning (250-260lbs) he could be a good addition. Anya is puzzling to say the least. With all the connections he has at IU (Johnson, VO, SR, and the soccer friend) and he has not even visited the campus, that tells me he is not that interested. That being said, I don’t think he has visited any schools yet.

  • http://www.facebook.com/eric.wojcik Eric Wojcik

    There are suggestions rumbling about (forget where I read them) that Anya might really want to commit, but that his family is convincing him to do his due diligence and visit campuses. I believe he will be going to Bloomington and then will make his decision at some point after that.

  • AJ_IU_ColtsFan

    6’9″ 297??? OMG… 0_0

    Good grief, that’s the second coming of Robert Traylor, or DeAndre “De Giant” Thomas. At that size he could take a charge like a redwood takes a Prius impact. He’d be like a cross between Patrick Ewing and the Michelin Tire guy. He’d make the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man look svelte. He wouldn’t clog the lane, he’d step on it and break it.

    ;)

    Ok, jokes aside: Can he keep up with an up-tempo offense? I’d definitely think his role would be to enable transition play by simply filling the lane and getting defensive rebounds, but you’d also hope that he wouldn’t hinder things by not getting downcourt fast enough. Cody can move surprisingly well, and in general the other forward and guard positions can run just fine (Oladipo, OMG, that guy has no trouble running at all), but again, how would this guy do in such a role? Nobody expects a center to keep up with backcourt players, but at the same time you don’t want to wait too long before he gets back. Otherwise an opponent who plays good to excellent transition defense can smother things.

    On pure halfcourt sets, he’d be an asset, but I’ve noticed that a good deal of Crean’s philosophy is to create an edge on transition. That demands some serious athleticism. Your 5 can’t hold you back.

    Then again, maybe he moves well enough to render any concern moot. That’d be the best case.

  • AJ_IU_ColtsFan

    6’9″ 297??? OMG… 0_0

    Good grief, that’s the second coming of Robert Traylor, or DeAndre “De Giant” Thomas. At that size he could take a charge like a redwood takes a Prius impact. He’d be like a cross between Patrick Ewing and the Michelin Tire guy. He’d make the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man look svelte. He wouldn’t clog the lane, he’d step on it and break it.

    ;)

    Ok, jokes aside: Can he keep up with an up-tempo offense? I’d definitely think his role would be to enable transition play by simply filling the lane and getting defensive rebounds, but you’d also hope that he wouldn’t hinder things by not getting downcourt fast enough. Cody can move surprisingly well, and in general the other forward and guard positions can run just fine (Oladipo, OMG, that guy has no trouble running at all), but again, how would this guy do in such a role? Nobody expects a center to keep up with backcourt players, but at the same time you don’t want to wait too long before he gets back. Otherwise an opponent who plays good to excellent transition defense can smother things.

    On pure halfcourt sets, he’d be an asset, but I’ve noticed that a good deal of Crean’s philosophy is to create an edge on transition. That demands some serious athleticism. Your 5 can’t hold you back.

    Then again, maybe he moves well enough to render any concern moot. That’d be the best case.

  • AJ_IU_ColtsFan

    Oh, and yes, before anyone else says it: I don’t think he’s any relation to Jamal Meeks. I can’t find anything saying that he is. But, it’d be interesting if there’s a blood connection there somewhere, even if distant.

  • hgdownunder

    I don’t think IU would win that one.

  • marcusgresham

    I’d figure it’s difficult to get a guy out of North Carolina if UNC wants him….but wait, IU did once land George Leach.

  • iufan4life10

    I believe Alex has mentioned it before but he has been extremely busy. He had the spring AAU events, then tryouts for Team USA U17, and then helped Team USA win gold in Europe. He recently (last week?) arrived back in the USA and is on Team USA (East) in the Nike Global Challenge in Virginia. After that ends he will have AAU events the rest of the month. He is still very much interested in Indiana but won’t have time to visit until, at the earliest, August.

  • IUJeff

    More than 1 player will be leaving each year for the draft and there is usually a transfer at least every couple of years. Better to be proactive than reactive.

  • recker

    I dont think IU is done with anya. I still doubt hartman puts on an iu uniform. Just a hunch but thinking we might line something else us better. Sometimes early verbals dont work out an is his case I dont see it.

  • Kelin Blab

    In the past couple of weeks I have read good things about Meeks, his ability to rebound and pass. Two good qualities for a fast breaking team.

  • HoosierKen73

    I love it. It shows we’re not just sitting around on our hands hopin, wishing, waiting, watching…. hoping, wishing, waiting, watching then what happens if Anya surprises us and goes elsewhere..and we’re throwing up our hands, saying, “What’ll we do now?” Besides this may put some additiona; pressure on Anya to commit once he has made a visit or two. I’m sure, if they get strong interest from Meeks, IU’s in a position to say. ‘If Meeks commits, we’re withdrawing our offer’. Look I’m sure Crean knows what he’d doing..and I’m surely glad we have him and his staff out there being active, with some of te best talent, rather than just sitting back hoping things will happen. Go Crean… Keep up the great work.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jeff.smith.39501789 Jeff Smith

    He reminds me of Sean may…who went to North Carolina. This would be a fitting steal from the tar heel state.

  • Mooks

    Kennedy Meeks sounds like a good fit for IU. I hope we get him or BJ

  • Mooks

    Kennedy Meeks sounds like a good fit for IU. I hope we get him or BJ

  • WisconHoosier

    NCAA president Mark Emmert:. “40% of men’s basketball
    student-athletes aren’t at their original school by the end of their
    sophomore year because they’ve transferred, dropped out, or
    moved on.” – from a June 25 story on NBCSports.

  • wesmont

    Funny,funny,funny

  • stroot

    Eric — any relation to Andy? I lived down the hall from him in Briscoe for our freshman year.

  • Reggie Hoosier

    We really need a 5 like this guy or Anya. If we don’t get either one of them we are in trouble!

  • millzy32

    Sean May was a beast and so was hid Dad. I think thats incredibly lofty praise for this fellow who is averaging about 5 and 5.

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