Kennedy Meeks signed his letter of intent with North Carolina after committing to the Tar Heels on ESPNU becoming the first prospect to pledge his allegiance to UNC in the 2012. Meeks joins power forward Isiah Hicks and point guard Nate Britt in what ESPN ranks as the #5 overall recruiting class in the nation.
Since the commitments of Hicks and Britt the recruiting world has been a trying one for the Heels. UNC watched several targets eliminate them from consideration and commit elsewhere or simply scratch them off their list. Players such as Austin Nichols and Julius Randle eliminated UNC early in the process while others like Troy Williams and Noah Vonleh committed to other programs with UNC still on their list. Carolina fans became extremely anxious and worried about the future of Tar Heel basketball and a surprisingly large number began doubting head coach Roy Williams‘ recruiting mojo.
Before Meeks made his announcement Friday night you wouldn’t find a recruiting analyst in the world who ranked Carolina amongst the top 10 classes in the nation, suddenly now they are once again amongst the elite. UNC now has two top 20 prospects and three in the top 35 and the 2013 season is now promising with a roster deep at all positions.
Dexter Strickland is set to graduate after this season and it would be a surprise if James Michael McAdoo didn’t leave early for the NBA. Losing out on prospects like Williams and Jabari Parker don’t hurt the program that much considering how deep the perimeter group will be even without Strickland. Inside the depth will be fantastic with current freshman Joel James and Brice Johnson being joined by Isiah Hicks and Meeks, not to mention Desmond Hubert and that’s assuming that McAdoo does in fact bolt early for the NBA. At the point the team will be very strong with Marcus Paige and Nate Britt.
This class isn’t about numbers, three commitments is all that Roy Williams need in 2013 and all three are very high quality players that will fit in well in Chapel Hill. The Heels still have one outstanding offer out to #1 prospect Andrew Wiggins. If UNC is able to get Wiggins this will turn out to be one of the best classes they have had in a long time and what a turnaround that would be.