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3 Kennedy Meeks
Meeks Meeks 1753963

CAREER

Needs 19 points to reach 1,000 • Has scored in double figures 46 times, grabbed 10 or more rebounds 19 times and has 12 double-doubles • Has 981 career points, 674 rebounds and 107 blocks • Field goal percentage of .554 • Has four 20-point games (25 vs. Temple in the 2015-16 opener, 23 vs. NC State at home this year, 21 vs. Robert Morris as a sophomore and 23 at Florida State as a freshman).

 

JUNIOR SEASON (2015-16)

Fifth on the team in scoring (9.2) and second in rebounding (5.9) and blocked shots (34) • Double-figure rebounds in four games • Scored in double figures in 13 games with a career-high 25 in the season opener vs. Temple.

Game Highlights 

Tied his career high with six offensive rebounds in the national championship game vs. Villanova • Averaged 13.3 points and 6.7 rebounds in the NCAA Tourney wins over Indiana, Notre Dame and Syracuse • Was 16-22 from the floor and 8-10 from the free throw line in those three games • Had 15 points, eight rebounds, two blocks and two steals vs. Syracuse in national semifinals • Had five offensive rebounds vs. the Orange (third time this year with at least five) • Scored UNC’s first eight points in the second half vs. the Irish to increase UNC’s five-point halftime lead to 11 • Scored 15 points and had nine rebounds vs. Indiana • Had 12 points and 14 rebounds at Duke • Tied his career high with six offensive rebounds as he helped UNC out-rebound Duke, 64-29 • Won UNC’s defensive player of the game honors against the Blue Devils • Matched his season high with three blocks at NC State and vs. Miami • Scored in double figures (12) at Notre Dame for the first time in five games • Scored six more points in the second half (18) than any NC State player had in the entire game and finished with a game-high 23 in UNC’s 67-55 win over the Pack • Made 8 of 10 field goals in the second half • Was his first 20-point performance since the opener vs. Temple • Shot 62.5 percent from the floor; the rest of the team shot 30 percent • Returned to action on Jan. 9th at Syracuse after missing seven games • and scored eight points (all in the first half) in 14 minutes • His steal and breakaway dunk with 2:03 to play gave Carolina the lead for good in its win over Kansas State • Grabbed 12 rebounds and had a career-best four steals vs. Fairfield • Scored a career-high 25 points on 10 of 14 shooting from the floor against Temple.

SOPHOMORE SEASON (2014-15)

Led UNC in blocks, was second in rebounding and field goal percentage and third in scoring • Was eighth in the ACC in blocked shots and ninth in rebounding • Scored in double figures 22 times and grabbed 10 or more rebounds 10 times (nine times in the first 17 games) • Had eight double-doubles (10 career) • Led UNC in scoring seven times and rebounding 16 times • Third on the team in field goals with 168 and led in free throw attempts with 131 • Played 30 or more minutes seven times • Season-high 21 points against Robert Morris on 11/16 • Scored an ACC season-best 18 points at Duke (2/18) and home vs. Georgia Tech (2/21) • Scored 61 points on 24 of 53 FG attempts in his last nine games (6.8 ppg) • Averaged 12.8 points over his first 28 games.

Game Highlights: Sprained his left knee with 3:15 to play against Arkansas when a Razorback fell into him under the basket • Scored nine points in just 15 minutes vs. Arkansas as he picked up his fourth foul early in the second halfHad 10 points (first time in double figures since the NC State game on 2/24) and grabbed a game-high eight rebounds vs. HarvardScored all eight of his points in the first half in the ACC title game vs. Notre DameCame off the bench for nine points, five rebounds and two blocks in win over Louisville in ACC quarterfinal • Scored four straight points to give UNC a 64-57 leadGrabbed a career-high 14 rebounds, posted his first double-double in 11 games and blocked three shots in the loss to NC StateScored 18 points for the second straight game and added six rebounds, three blocks and two steals in win over Georgia TechShared UNC scoring honors at Duke with 18 points on 8 of 10 shooting from the floor and helped limit Duke’s Jahlil Okafor to 12 points and five turnoversScored 11 of his 17 points in the second half, and had eight rebounds in 32 minutes against Syracuse • Helped UNC out-rebound the Orange by 15 • Scored 12 of his 16 points in the second half and pulled down a team-high eight boards in win at Wake Forest • Scored eight of UNC’s first 10 second-half points as the Tar Heels pulled away to a 12-point lead • Scored 15 points and grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds at NC State for his seventh double-double of the season • Went 7 for 13 from the floor against the Pack, which tied his season high for field goal attempts (also 13 at Davidson) • Early second-half foul trouble (picked up his fourth at 17:19) limited him to 17 minutes against Notre Dame • Overcame illness to score 12 points and grab 12 rebounds in win at Clemson • Limited to a season-low 14 minutes against William and Mary because of a stomach illness (did not play in the final 15 minutes) • Had 14 points, nine rebounds, three blocks and two steals vs. UAB • Tied his then-career high with 13 boards against Ohio State, helping UNC out-rebound the Buckeyes, 53-40 • Made 8 of 9 shots from the floor and scored a game-high 18 points at UNCG • Pulled down a career-high 10 defensive rebounds en route to a double-double against East Carolina and added two blocks and a career-best three steals • Had 15 points and a game-high 12 rebounds against Iowa • Went 6 for 8 from the field (rest of the team shot 20 percent), but fouled out with 1:57 to play and UNC holding a 55-54 lead (Hawkeyes out-scored UNC, 6-0, from that point) • Tied his career-best with six offensive boards that led to seven of his 15 points • Led UNC with 18 points and had a game-high and career-high tying 13 rebounds against Florida • Scored 10 of his 18 in the second half, including a key three-point play after the Gators pulled within eight points • Attempted just four field goals in the loss to Butler, but blocked a career-high five shots • Outstanding in the win at Davidson in his hometown of Charlotte with a team-high 19 points and a game-high 12 rebounds (and three assists, two blocks and two steals) • Had 12 points and eight boards in the second half • Led UNC with nine rebounds in the opener against NCCU and had 21 points and 12 boards against Robert Morris • Tied his career best with six offensive rebounds against Robert Morris.

FRESHMAN SEASON (2013-14)

Averaged 7.6 points and 6.1 rebounds in 34 games • Earned ACC All-Freshman team honors from both the media and the league's head coaches • Second-leading rebounder among freshmen in the ACC • Was ninth in ACC games in offensive rebounding • Started 15 of the last 16 games (except for senior night), 12 of which were wins • Made 17 starts overall, most among those players at the '5' • ACC Rookie of the Week for his play vs. Michigan State and UNCG • Second on the team in field goal percentage (.548) and third in rebounding (6.1) • Led UNC in rebounding 11 times and grabbed 10 or more five times (four of the five were against teams that played in the NCAA Tournament) • Averaged 15 rebounds per 40 minutes • Scored in double figures 12 times with a high of 23 at Florida State • Averaged 16.3 minutes a game (20 or more seven times) • Played a season-high 31 minutes against Iowa State • UNC was 9-3 in games he played 18 minutes or more.

 

Averaged 13.5 points and 9.0 rebounds and made 12 of 19 from the floor (.632) in two NCAA Tournament games • First time he scored double figures in consecutive games since late January • Posted his second double-double with 15 points and a season-high 13 rebounds in a season-high 31 minutes in NCAA Tournament loss to Iowa State • The 13 rebounds tied the UNC single-game best for any game this year • Scored in double figures for the first time in six games when he scored 12 points in 13 minutes against Providence in the NCAA Tournament second round • Scored eight of his 12 in the opening half (had scored a total of eight points in the previous four games) • Made six of eight field goals (had made six field goals in the previous five games) • Also grabbed four of UNC's 21 offensive boards • Converted three of the offensive boards for baskets and six points.

 

ACC Highlights: Played just 12 minutes and went scoreless with one rebound at Duke after becoming ill during pre-game meal four hours before tipoff • First time held scoreless since Syracuse on Jan. 11th • Grabbed 10 rebounds, six on the offensive boards, in the win at NC State (second time with 10 rebounds vs. the Wolfpack) • Sprained his right ankle and hyper-extended his right knee in the first half against Wake Forest on 2/22 when he made 6 of 7 shots from the floor and finished with 15 points • Was able to return to the game and played five minutes in the second half • Led all scorers with a season-high 23 points on 11 of 12 shooting from the floor in the comeback victory at Florida State • Field goal percentage of .917 is the highest single-game percentage by a Tar Heel in the Roy Williams era • Added seven rebounds and two blocks against the Noles • Scored 13 first-half points, including 11 of Carolina's final 13 which cut seven points off FSU's lead • The 11 field goals equal the most by any Tar Heel this year and his field goal percentage is the best by a Tar Heel who scored 20 points in a game since Sean May in the 2005 NCAA final vs. Illinois • Had eight points and 10 rebounds in 13 minutes against NC State • Played 15 of his season-high tying 26 minutes in the second half in the win at Georgia Tech and finished with nine points (4 for 4 from the floor) and 10 rebounds • Had 11 points, a team-high eight rebounds and a season-high tying three blocks in win over Clemson • Led UNC with 15 points and nine rebounds and was the team's top defender at Virginia • Made seven field goals in 10 attempts and played 21 minutes, his longest stint since the Louisville game • Scored 10 points, all in the second half, and added six rebounds in win over Boston College • Played the final 13:23 against BC, by far his longest continuous stretch of the season • Had seven points and nine boards at Wake Forest.

Pre-ACC Highlights: Went 6 for 6 from the floor and finished with 13 points and a season-high three blocked shots in OT win over Davidson • Gave UNC a 74-73 lead with a power move with 2:40 to play in regulation Had 12 points and a game-high eight rebounds vs. UNCG Led Carolina with 15 points and had seven rebounds and a key assist on a three-pointer by Marcus Paige in win at #1 Michigan State Scored 11 second-half points vs. the Spartans Averaged 14.0 points, 9.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists in wins over Louisville and Michigan State First double-double with 13 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists in win over Louisville (led all players on both teams in rebounds and assists) Had eight points, 10 rebounds and five assists in the second half as UNC out-scored the Cards, 49-40 Pulled down a game-high eight rebounds vs. Holy Cross Offensive rebound and put-back basket gave Carolina the lead for good vs. the Crusaders Scored 10 points and grabbed five rebounds in 13 minutes in collegiate debut vs. Oakland.

 

PREP

Attended West Charlotte High School, where he played for coach Baronton Terry • A McDonald's All-America • Also played in the Jordan Brand Classic and the Nike Global Challenge • Three-time all-state selection • Helped lead West Charlotte to a 78-13 record over the last three seasons • Won the state title in 2011, earning MVP honors after grabbing 19 rebounds in the championship game • Averaged 19 points, 16 rebounds and three blocks as a senior • Scored 20 or more points seven times • Grabbed 20 or more rebounds four times • Had three games as a senior with 20 plus points and rebounds • Also lettered in tennis for three seasons at West Charlotte • Honor student in each of his last three years. 

PERSONAL

Born Kennedy Rashod Meeks • Birthday is Feb. 5 • Born in Charlotte • Son of Nokhia Meeks and Dana Hobbs  • Majoring in communication studies • Chose uniform No. 3 in honor of the Holy Trinity • Favorite former Tar Heels are Sean May, Tyler Hansbrough and Tyler Zeller • Would love to run the floor like Zeller.

Position: Forward
Height: 6'10"
Weight: 260
Year: Senior
Hometown: Charlotte, N.C.
High School: West Charlotte
Major: Communication Studies
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