Video: Kennedy Meeks Scores Career-High 25 for Raptors 905
Former North Carolina forward and 2017 national champion Kennedy Meeks scored a career-high 25 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to lead the Toronto Raptors G-League affiliate Raptors 905 to a 118-114 win over the Northern Arizona Suns on Friday. The Raptors 905 are coached by former UNC great Jerry Stackhouse.
Kennedy Meeks’ favorite time of year
Raptors 905 coach Jerry Stackhouse is sipping his coffee while getting set for a noon start time. Perhaps he should have had a sip of whatever Kennedy Meeks has around this time of year. There’s no better time for the 905’s starting center, still basking in the glory of his NCAA national championship title a year ago. “We the champions till we not the champions.”
Experienced Tar Heels try to shrug off pressure of championship repeat
Theo Pinson and Joel Berry will give the Tar Heels an edge in experience Friday when they meet Lipscomb in Charlotte. Pinson joked that former players like Kennedy Meeks, who helped the Tar Heels win the National Championship last year, have nothing to do with their success this year. "They didn't guide me through anything — I guided them," Pinson joked.
Why there’s a ‘real chance,’ one expert says, that NCAA champs could emerge from Charlotte
The Tar Heels are coming off a national championship in 2017 and will seek their third straight trip to the Final Four. But this is a dramatically different team. Gone are interior stalwarts Isaiah Hicks and Kennedy Meeks, leaving UNC without much muscle on the interior. North Carolina has responded by relying on its two senior leaders, Joel Berry and Theo Pinson.
Video: Kennedy Meeks dominates paint with 23 points, 15 boards in NBA G-League Game
Former North Carolina forward, 2017 NCAA Champion, and current member of the NBA G-League's Raptors 905 Kennedy Meeks dominated in the paint on Tuesday, scoring 23 points and grabbing 15 rebounds in a 110-92 win over the Greensboro Swarm.
Brendan Haywood on UNC's Coaching, NCAA Chances
Brendan Haywood: "Carolina is capable of knocking off anybody. They don't have the Kennedy Meeks and the Brice Johnson and the Isaiah Hicks, those type of player anymore, so they are basically playing through the perimeter. When they are hot they can beat anybody, but at the same time when those shots aren't falling, it can be a tough time for them."
Kennedy Meeks and Malachi Richardson are foes turned friends
Nearly two years ago, the 23-13 Syracuse Orange and 33-5 North Carolina Tar Heels battled it out in the Final Four. Fast forward two years. The No. 10 Tar Heels stormed the Carrier Dome on Wednesday, while former ACC foes, Malachi Richardson and Kennedy Meeks, found themselves playing together for Toronto’s G-League affiliate in Mississauga, Ontario.
Chansky’s Notebook: Our Coach of the Year
He won’t be, but North Carolina's Roy Williams should be ACC Coach of the Year. When you look at a team’s progress through the season, Williams has done the best job. His traditional double-post offense proved ineffective with three freshmen trying to replace Kennedy Meeks, Isaiah Hicks and Tony Bradley in the middle. So Roy went to his small lineup.
Paige, Meeks and Hicks performing well in NBA G-League
Marcus Paige, Isaiah Hicks and Kennedy Meeks are hoping to parlay their G-League success over to a permanent position with an NBA team. And with the results they’re each seeing this season, that’s entirely possible. Paige has asserted himself as a leader in Greensboro, while Hicks and Meeks are two of the best rebounders on their respective teams.
Kennedy Meeks Among Standouts at All-NBA G League Showcase
Ten standouts from the NBA G League Showcase were announced Saturday following the four-day event at the Hershey Centre and adjoining SportZone, home of Raptors 905, in Mississauga, Ontario. The event featured each of the league’s 26 teams playing two regular-season games apiece. Former UNC forward Kennedy Meeks was named to the second team.
Kennedy Meeks’ improvement a highlight of Raptors 905 streak
“I’m just a great teammate.” Clad in a black warm-up shirt and extra-tight shorts, Kennedy Meeks sprawls over two chairs as he reviews film with assistant coach A.J. Diggs. The Raptors 905 forward is coming off perhaps his best game of the season – 6-for-9 from the field, 12 points, 15 boards, and a +31. The grins and jokes he offers betray an ever-growing confidence.
Next to Luke Maye, Sterling Manley keeps UNC’s frontcourt efficient on both ends of the floor
Over his first 11 games, Sterling Manley has snagged 16 percent of the available offensive rebounds while on the floor. That’s an offensive rebounding rate that rivals Kennedy Meeks from a season ago. The 6-foot-11 freshman is a big reason why North Carolina is on pace to rank in the top 15 nationally in offensive rebounding rate for a fifth straight season.
Luke Maye among breakout players who’ve made ‘the leap’ this season
Luke Maye has been awesome in every game this season besides Michigan State. North Carolina desperately needed a secondary star to step up next to Joel Berry with the departures of Justin Jackson, Kennedy Meeks, Isaiah Hicks and Tony Bradley. The truth is, Maye has been better than Berry in early portion of this season. That’s a good thing for the Tar Heels.
Theo Pinson's Playmaking Ability on Display
Roy Williams referred to Theo Pinson as a playmaker during his postgame press conference, and for good reason. While Luke Maye forever will be known for making the shot against Kentucky, it was Pinson who assisted on the play. And when Kennedy Meeks missed a free throw with five seconds to play against Oregon in the Final Four, it was Pinson who tipped the ball out.
First a title at UNC, now Team USA basketball – but Kennedy Meeks still has bigger goals
Since the college basketball season ended in April, Kennedy Meeks has largely been off the map to the casual fan. Now, though, Meeks is back in the spotlight. Earlier in November, he was named to the 2017 USA Basketball AmeriCup Team, which will play its first game against Puerto Rico in Orlando, Fla., on Thanksgiving. They will play Mexico on Sunday in Greensboro.