2013 center Kennedy Meeks wants to see Indiana

  • 07/19/2012 2:52 pm in

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. – A quick look at Kennedy Meeks’ list may show ACC dominance, but that doesn’t mean Meeks is set staying on the east coast.

In reality, the Class of 2013 center is still hoping to visit Indiana.

“That’s where I want to take a visit,” Meeks said. “We talk about me just coming to visit so I can know what the school’s all about.”

He said Tom Crean and Kenny Johnson have been the Indiana coaches contacting him the most, but no visit has been set yet.

Meeks, the No. 28 player nationally according to ESPN.com, also mentioned Georgetown, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Syracuse, Florida State, Florida and Pittsburgh as other schools expressing interest.

Meeks, who was measured at 6-foot-9 and 297 pounds with a 7-foot wingspan at the LeBron James Skills Academy, helped Team United beat Team Final, 67-58, Thursday afternoon at the EYBL Finals at the Nike Peach Jam.

Though he thought he forced a couple of shots, Meeks still posted a double-double with 10 points and 15 rebounds, making five of nine shots.

He also had three assists and his ability to pass is something he believes sets him apart from other centers in his class.

“It helps my teammates out, to get them going, too,” he said.

The wide-bodied Meeks isn’t sure when he’s going to make a decision. He also said he wants to talk with his parents before he trims his list.

As for the rest of the summer, the four-star prospect wants to continue to work on conditioning by riding on a bike and doing water aerobics.

Meeks’ recruitment may still be wide open, but he does have set attributes he’s looking for in a program.

“A school that focuses on defense, [where] the coach is good and they’re ready to win every game,” he said.

Wayne Staats is a sports reporter at The Augusta Chronicle, where he’s covered high school sports since August of 2010. He’ll be reporting this week from the Peach Jam for Inside the Hall.

(Photo credit: NBPA Top 100 Camp)

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  • rbhagwat

    now thats a big boy! i wonder how he would fit in with our very up-tempo style of play, but i would love to see someone big banging down low. we haven’t had many players of his size in a while.

  • Meeks, Anya, Lee, Ojeleye……..lets say we take 2 more for ’13 ( yes I realize the numbers dont work) who you taking?
    I am taking Meeks and Ojeleye.

  • Mop Lady

    man, i might prefer this dude over Anya or Lee. I’ll be thrilled with any three of them. I can’t believe we are recruiting Ojeleye when we already have hartman/davis/robinson though.

  • N71

    All of us seem to wonder how a wide body will be able to keep up with all our gazelles, I’m not sure but I would sure like to experiement. Ohio State and Michigan State have similar issues. If I was 6’9″ 297lbs I’d want to play in a league where I can leverage my size, a league that let’s guys bang, a physical league like the Big Ten. At Indiana you’d get to go against WIsconsin, Purdue, MSU, and OSU which will all be NBA like physical and then in practice you could go up against BeeJay if you were Kennedy for example. This kind of beef would be an interesting new development for an IU program that’s already looking good.

  • I completely agree with you on both of those picks. Ojeleye is a special athlete that I think is underrated even for all the hype he gets. He has the kind of high motor playing style that CTC loves and would fit really well as a wing player. I’m not sure about his chances of coming to Bloomington, but I’d LOVE to have him. As for Meeks, both him and Anya are incredibly talented and would contribute to any program in the country. But as far as I can tell, Meeks moves a little better without the ball and passes a little better too. Anya makes a strong argument with that 7’4 wingspan though. Either would be huge for us to get.

  • hgdownunder

    I’d put Lee on the losses column considering how he thinks Coach K is cool for coaching Team USA…

  • hgdownunder

    I’d put Lee on the losses column considering how he thinks Coach K is cool for coaching Team USA…

  • remy willing and abell

    Anyone remember Deandre Thomas ???

  • iuball11

    He was my favorite player haha..Should have lined up on the D-line too and maybe Coach Lynch would still be here

  • remy willing and abell

    Maybe coach Wilson should just go ahead and let coach Crean recruit for him too

  • Kelin Blab

    Anytime you have a kid who has developed and become known for his ability to pass…is a good thing. You don’t hear that from kids to often.

  • iuball11

    That’s what I was saying when the job was up after Lynch’s firing. Just let Coach Crean coach the football team, you know he’ll get some great players in here.

  • iuball11

    That’s what I was saying when the job was up after Lynch’s firing. Just let Coach Crean coach the football team, you know he’ll get some great players in here.

  • Remy Willing and Abell

    Man I just don’t know what to expect from coach Wilson . Last year was so odd and horrible . I was excited with his hire , and still am behind 100 % but he kinda cleaned house . He’s in a Crean situation . If he can get us to a bowl (any bowl ) next year I will be impressed . GO HOOSIER FOOTBALL .

  • Wright Harney

    I would prefer to land Meeks & Anya if possible. This hypothetical situation just boggled my mind because all four of those guys are awesome prospects. If we were to land one of Anya/Meeks, I think I would side with Anya because of the wingspan that was reported. I don’t know what AAU ties Meeks has but I’d like to maximize the splash we’ve made in the DMV to date since the new staff addition.

  • John Goffiney

    I would hate to see that!

  • John Goffiney

    Sorry..not UK.

  • CreanFaithful

    Crean didn’t have a winning season until his fourth year… which was impressive. I don’t expect a bowl game anytime soon. Would love to be surprised though!

  • CreanFaithful

    Crean didn’t have a winning season until his fourth year… which was impressive. I don’t expect a bowl game anytime soon. Would love to be surprised though!

  • CreamandCrimson

    Anya’s wingspan is 7’9″ so that argument is actually a little bit stronger.

  • MillaRed

    I like the fact we are going after multiple bigs in this class that are all high level recruits. It looks like the chances of landing one of them is good. Gotta have something to look forward to if Cody is gone.

  • jahhoosier

    If they win four games this year, you should be impressed, let alone the six necessary to go to a bowl. Tougher pre-con schedule than in recent years…almost all the “winnable” B10 games on the road…even three wins would be a sign of significant improvement.

  • hoosier in chi

    Why is everyone so concerned about scholarships? Crean knows what hes doing…we are gonna lose the 4 seniors, if maurice gets hurt again it will probably be his last year at iu, vic and cody could possibly leave early, and someone will transfer after this season once they realize p.t. is limited. So, unfortunately we may lose up to 8 players. We only have 4 recruits committed so far for 2013-14…do the math and you realize why we are still trying to add guys despite the “scholarship situation.”

  • SCHoosier

    35 pounds lighter and he’ll be a stud for somebody. Hard to get those North Carolina young’ens out of that state though..being realistic.