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Offseason Update: Kennedy Meeks

Posted: 7/9/2014 1:37 PM

Offseason Update: Kennedy Meeks 


Some news of note from today's interview with Meeks ...

- Meeks said he was down to 270-273 after enrolling at 315 last summer. Would like to get to 265.

- Feels more explosive due to hitting the weight room hard. Said he's doing dunks he's never done before.

- Said the team wants to start with more fire this season, more intensity out of the gate.

- On his physique: "All I'm missing is a six-pack right now."

- Meeks said he did a windmill during Monday's practice to get his teammates out of practice.

- Said he's working on not using his pump fakes as much. Last year the fakes got him in trouble at times as it allowed longer defenders time to get in position for blocks. Increased explosiveness will have erase the need.

- Joel James and J.P. Tokoto have impressed him the most during pickup games. James is knocking down perimeter jump shots and Tokoto is consistently driving to the rim.

- Notes the freshmen arrived in good shape last month.

Last edited 7/9/2014 1:51 PM by ICAdmin

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Posted: 7/9/2014 2:30 PM

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Sounds promising.
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Posted: 7/9/2014 2:34 PM

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From these quotes and those on twitter, there seems to be a great mixture of hard work and lighthearted fun on the hill this summer. Windmill dunks to get the team out of running? Sometimes the carrot is better motivation than the stick, and Kennedy seems to love the results of getting in shape. Good for him.
Like the bit about Tokoto as well
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Posted: 7/9/2014 2:45 PM

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Saw him today.

Guy looks impressively thin.
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Posted: 7/9/2014 3:43 PM

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I think 260-265 would be a great weight for Meeks. Not so much weight loss that he will lose his size advantage but certainly enough to increase his mobility.

With all this trimming down, coupled with strengthening his lower body even more, he will improve his vertical and his jumping quickness, have the ability to finish stronger and have more endurance. All this should give him even more confidence coming into next fall.

Meeks was pretty darn good as a freshman. He looks primed to have a terrific sophomore season.

Last edited 7/9/2014 3:46 PM by CSL2350

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Posted: 7/9/2014 4:00 PM

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Since it's so difficult to count on the projections of any incoming freshman, I must stick with Meeks having the biggest impact on how far we'll go come NCAA tourney time with the Freshmen(mainly Jackson) being the X-factor during the season because of the depth they could bring(accounting for possible injuries) and the possible increased FT and FG %.

Meeks will impact the NCAA tourney game one way or another. Those tourney games get slowed down and are played more in the half court setting so post play will be crucial. The news we're hearing about his improved strength & conditioning is not only good when tourney time comes but also crucial for the late season stretch. To play strong and consistent in conference, especially down the stretch, has a lot to do with getting that #1 or #2 seed.(Just look at UVA last year)

Keep putting in the hard work Kennedy. There's no doubt it will be worth it.
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Posted: 7/9/2014 4:14 PM

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No surprise here. Kennedy is a hard worker and I believe he will provide a strong post force for the offense next season.
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Posted: 7/9/2014 4:20 PM

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I think it moved.
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Posted: 7/9/2014 4:22 PM

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- Joel James and J.P. Tokoto have impressed him the most during pickup games. James is knocking down perimeter jump shots and Tokoto is consistently driving to the rim.


I remember last offseason when Joel was impressing people too, it didn't translate. Last year Kendall and others who came back for the summer said Joel was going to be a beast and the best big man... did not pan out.
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Posted: 7/9/2014 5:05 PM

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Guys, I think we have a top tier post player again. It's been a long 2 years.
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Posted: 7/9/2014 5:39 PM

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Guys, I think we have a top tier post player again. It's been a long 2 years.

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Posted: 7/9/2014 5:43 PM

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--- vociferistic wrote:

Guys, I think we have a top tier post player again. It's been a long 2 years.

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Yes.
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Posted: 7/9/2014 6:32 PM

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Economists are always right...right? LOL!
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Posted: 7/9/2014 6:43 PM

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--- DrUNC83 wrote:

- Joel James and J.P. Tokoto have impressed him the most during pickup games. James is knocking down perimeter jump shots and Tokoto is consistently driving to the rim.


I remember last offseason when Joel was impressing people too, it didn't translate. Last year Kendall and others who came back for the summer said Joel was going to be a beast and the best big man... did not pan out.

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James was injured early in the season last year which resulted in a setback in his play. Lets give him this season before we write him off.
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Posted: 7/9/2014 6:49 PM

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--- DrUNC83 wrote:

- Joel James and J.P. Tokoto have impressed him the most during pickup games. James is knocking down perimeter jump shots and Tokoto is consistently driving to the rim.


I remember last offseason when Joel was impressing people too, it didn't translate. Last year Kendall and others who came back for the summer said Joel was going to be a beast and the best big man... did not pan out.

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James was injured early in the season last year which resulted in a setback in his play. Lets give him this season before we write him off.

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I am not writing him off, just saying that what we hear we should take with a grain of salt. His injury did not make him weak and unable to use his body. For as big as he is, he whys away from contact and shoots fade-aways more than anyone. The day he learns to use his body will be the day he takes steps to becoming dominant. I couldn't care less what jump shots he is hitting.

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Posted: 7/9/2014 7:32 PM

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Congrats to Kennedy and Jonas for all the hard work they've put in. He, Joel, and Des will be more than adequate for us this year. If it clicks for Joel...
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Posted: 7/9/2014 8:24 PM

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Kennedy Meeks
‏@Ksmoove03
Boy bleacher report definitely knows how to make me work harder thanks for all the disbelief in that article
7:25 AM - 27 Jun 2014


He must have read this:
bleacherreport.com/articles/21...link-in-2014-15



And today:
Retweeted by Kennedy Meeks
Walt @WaltD336 · 7h
"@InsideCarolina: Meeks said he did a windmill dunk in practice on Monday to get out of running."

@Ksmoove03 t.co/xDaEUzieYM
10:46 AM - 9 Jul 2014
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Posted: 7/9/2014 8:57 PM

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Ich Bin Kein Berliner. -- Kennedy
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Posted: 7/10/2014 9:13 AM

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Laughing at 'em(some on IC)! Go Kennedy! Go Heels...Ksmoove is going to be a master!


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--- TerriTarHeel wrote:

Kennedy Meeks
‏@Ksmoove03
Boy bleacher report definitely knows how to make me work harder thanks for all the disbelief in that article
7:25 AM - 27 Jun 2014


He must have read this:
bleacherreport.com/articles/21...link-in-2014-15



And today:
Retweeted by Kennedy Meeks
Walt @WaltD336 · 7h
"@InsideCarolina: Meeks said he did a windmill dunk in practice on Monday to get out of running."

@Ksmoove03 t.co/xDaEUzieYM
10:46 AM - 9 Jul 2014

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Posted: 7/10/2014 12:58 PM

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Video interview of Kennedy Meeks this week by Jones Angell: www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYIoO6...eature=youtu.be
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Posted: 7/10/2014 9:52 PM

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+1


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I think it moved.

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Posted: 7/11/2014 3:27 PM

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--- Bigs23 wrote:




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--- AnEconomist wrote:



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--- vociferistic wrote:

Guys, I think we have a top tier post player again. It's been a long 2 years.

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No.

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Maybe.
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Posted: 7/11/2014 3:33 PM

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--- TerriTarHeel wrote:

Kennedy Meeks
‏@Ksmoove03
Boy bleacher report definitely knows how to make me work harder thanks for all the disbelief in that article
7:25 AM - 27 Jun 2014


He must have read this:
bleacherreport.com/articles/21...link-in-2014-15

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"With his plodding style, Meeks is never going to be a superstar, especially on a roster as talent-rich as North Carolina’s. What he can do is keep other teams’ superstars from derailing the Tar Heels’ title hopes, but even that will test the limits of his capabilities next season."

I'm willing to bet that this part is what really ticked him off. When did Bleacher Report ever get any credibility? They were a complete joke when they started out.
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Posted: 7/13/2014 10:14 PM

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--- vociferistic wrote:

Guys, I think we have a top tier post player again. It's been a long 2 years.

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^Definitely!

Brice Johnson is also a top tier post player. They will both shoot over 50% from the field next season.
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Posted: 7/13/2014 11:55 PM

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Brice shoots the ball well. Kennedy shoots the ball well.....the problem for both will be at the OTHER end of the court. Unless Hicks is a lot stronger this season, we have no interior defenders who can stop a talented big man.....and I fear that rebounding could be an issue.
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Posted: 7/17/2014 3:30 PM

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Brice shoots the ball well. Kennedy shoots the ball well.....the problem for both will be at the OTHER end of the court. Unless Hicks is a lot stronger this season, we have no interior defenders who can stop a talented big man.....and I fear that rebounding could be an issue.

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Meeks and Johnson are both excellent rebounders, as is Tokoto. Rebounding is a strength, the defense you mentioned could be an issue though.
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Posted: 7/21/2014 5:12 PM

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I just like that Greg Barnes keeps feeding us small tidbits on what the guys are doing. No question Meeks needs to be able to play a little closer to above the rim.
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Posted: 7/21/2014 6:53 PM

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Brice shoots the ball well. Kennedy shoots the ball well.....the problem for both will be at the OTHER end of the court. Unless Hicks is a lot stronger this season, we have no interior defenders who can stop a talented big man.....and I fear that rebounding could be an issue.

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Meeks and Johnson are both excellent rebounders, as is Tokoto. Rebounding is a strength, the defense you mentioned could be an issue though.

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Those zone defenses Roy installed last year could be big for us
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Posted: 7/23/2014 9:26 AM

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Zone defense, much like the small ball we played a couple of years ago, is not something I would expect to see on a regular basis. It was used periodically for a season because of personnel reasons.
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Posted: 7/25/2014 1:40 PM

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Good point, bigs. I don't think we have to stop a talented big man, but agree we should contain him. Not with a zone, but with good man defense. It seems to me a lot of defense is about desire, which means maybe Johnson and Meeks just weren't interested in good D.


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--- Bigs23 wrote:




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--- RJP658 wrote:

Brice shoots the ball well. Kennedy shoots the ball well.....the problem for both will be at the OTHER end of the court. Unless Hicks is a lot stronger this season, we have no interior defenders who can stop a talented big man.....and I fear that rebounding could be an issue.

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Meeks and Johnson are both excellent rebounders, as is Tokoto. Rebounding is a strength, the defense you mentioned could be an issue though.

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Posted: 7/26/2014 12:41 PM

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Defense, like rebounding, is very much a function of desire. I don't think we've seen enough commitment to defense from Brice in particular. He rebounded well and was our best shotblocker, but we need him to defend at a higher level. Kennedy was a decent defender as a freshman, particularly when you consider his conditioning issues.

Between Brice, Kennedy, Desmond, Joel, and Simmons, we should be able to platoon quality numbers against opposing front lines.


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Good point, bigs. I don't think we have to stop a talented big man, but agree we should contain him. Not with a zone, but with good man defense. It seems to me a lot of defense is about desire, which means maybe Johnson and Meeks just weren't interested in good D.
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Posted: 7/27/2014 1:26 AM

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Seen Kennedy Meeks instagram video of him windmilling... His body looks 100% better
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Posted: 7/27/2014 10:34 AM

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COMBINED stats n 18.5 ave minutes

70 blks, 36 steals,416 rebs(259 def!)
Yeah, they got a problem handling the INSIDE DEFENSE.
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--- RJP658 wrote:

Brice shoots the ball well. Kennedy shoots the ball well.....the problem for both will be at the OTHER end of the court. Unless Hicks is a lot stronger this season, we have no interior defenders who can stop a talented big man.....and I fear that rebounding could be an issue.

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Meeks and Johnson are both excellent rebounders, as is Tokoto. Rebounding is a strength, the defense you mentioned could be an issue though.

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Posted: 7/28/2014 1:29 PM

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Posted: 7/29/2014 1:17 PM

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I think you probably want to say forecasting data is always right...right?

Take me out of the equation all together.

Economists actually have good track records when they restrain from listening to their own bias.


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Economists are always right...right? LOL!

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Posted: 7/31/2014 11:19 AM

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Those numbers don't really speak to defense.

Meeks and Johnson will need to step up defensively, there's no reason they can't.

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--- robroblee wrote:

COMBINED stats n 18.5 ave minutes

70 blks, 36 steals,416 rebs(259 def!)
Yeah, they got a problem handling the INSIDE DEFENSE.
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--- Bigs23 wrote:




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--- RJP658 wrote:

Brice shoots the ball well. Kennedy shoots the ball well.....the problem for both will be at the OTHER end of the court. Unless Hicks is a lot stronger this season, we have no interior defenders who can stop a talented big man.....and I fear that rebounding could be an issue.

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Meeks and Johnson are both excellent rebounders, as is Tokoto. Rebounding is a strength, the defense you mentioned could be an issue though.

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Posted: 8/1/2014 1:10 PM

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The dude averaged 15 rebounds per 40 minutes. For the nation's top 100 overall rebounds per game leaders, ONLY Alan Williams of UCSB averaged more at 15.1. Second place was 13.9, so YES, top tier

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--- AnEconomist wrote:



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--- vociferistic wrote:

Guys, I think we have a top tier post player again. It's been a long 2 years.

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No.

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