Kennedy Meeks the top center in the 2013 class is reportedly nearing a decision and will decide by mid next week whether or not he will take the rest of his scheduled visits or not. The favorites appear to be Georgetown and North Carolina. Meeks has visited Chapel Hill twice recently at Late Night with Roy and again for the exhibition against Shaw. With Isiah Hicks and Nate Britt already in hand, I believe adding Meeks would be enough for the 2013 class.
It’s understandable to see everything from a fans point of view, adding four or five big time players would be great for any program. But that isn’t necessarily what this program needs and that’s how Roy Williams has to look at things. Since Britt and Hicks committed to UNC last year several prospects have eliminated Carolina from Austin Nichols to Jabari Parker, Troy Williams and one time top target Julius Randle. Even the biggest and most loyal fans and level minded analyst have questioned, has UNC lost it’s recruiting gusto?
I’ve long maintained that while some of these developments have surprised me, it’s not the end of the world and the recruiting sky is not falling on Chapel Hill. UNCs roster, though filled with question marks has we head into the 2012 season is one that is deep with talent and nothing will change in 2013. Prospects today want promises, promises of playing time and the involvement in the offense, both things Roy cannot promise right now.
Top threats to leave early after this season are sophomore big man James Michael McAdoo and whomever emerges on the perimeter. Add that to the graduation loss of Dexter Strickland and the 2013 team will have fewer questions and will be more experienced. Could the team use a combination of Meeks, Noah Vonleh and Andrew Wiggins? Absolutely but adding just Meeks who is the most likely of the bunch to play his college ball in Chapel Hill would be more than enough to improve this team.
Take a look at the 2013 roster minus McAdoo and Reggie Bullock who for arguments sake we’ll say has a breakout year and leaves early.
That’s a deep roster that could be even better if the assumption that McAdoo and at least one other player will turn pro after this season. A class of Hicks/Britt/Meeks isn’t ideal but it would be a very solid group that nobody should be ashamed of it it comes to fruition.