Sophomore forward vying for a starting job in 2014-15 • Named by Sports Illustrated's Luke Winn as one of five sophomores in the nation poised to break out in 2014-15 • Has transformed himself since arriving at Carolina weighing close to 320 pounds, dropping approximately 40 pounds through diet and conditioning • Has good court sense, a soft touch on his shot around the basket and good rebounding instincts.
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.
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 in Charlotte, N.C. • Birthday is February 5 • Son of Nokhia Meeks and Dana Hobbs • Has yet to declare a major.