Kennedy Meeks has found a new home
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Former UNC basketball champion and 2017 NCAA champion finds new opportunity in France.
Former University of North Carolina basketball player Kennedy Meeks has signed a new contract to play in France.
“France is a place I’ve always wanted to go and it’s a unique opportunity for me and my career,” Meeks told Ceilingistheroof.com. “I am delighted to meet the team and try to run the championship.
According to BasketEurope.com, Meeks has made an agreement with Cholet Basket of the French Pro A League. The organization was targeting Dwight Coleby, a native of Nassau, Bahamas, who played for Ole Miss, Kansas and Western Kentucky from 2013 to 2018, but withdrew his interest on medical grounds. That’s when they decided to sign Meeks, a four-year Tar Heels holder who started his professional career in the NBA G-League but has been playing abroad since 2018.
His most recent hardwood job was in Korea for the Seoul Samsung Thunders, but he’s only played eight games and never seemed to gain a foothold – he’s averaging just 8.6 points and 7.6 rebounds per game. Prior to that, however, he looked very good in Japan, averaging nearly 15 points and 11 rebounds in the 2018-19 season, and 21 points and 11 rebounds the following year. If it’s the Meeks who show up in France, then Cholet is getting a good deal. The 6-foot-9 forward, who won’t be 27 until February, still has plenty of gas in his tank.
Meeks is just over four years away from his last season in North Carolina, a season in which the Tar Heels won 33 games and won the 2017 National Championship.
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