Sometime in the next week or so, Charlotte, N.C. center Kennedy Meeks, one of the top 30 recruits in the Class of 2013, will narrow his list of schools to five, start taking official visits, and ultimately make the decision about where he will go to college. North Carolina remains high on his list; heck, one of his mom's favorite pictures is of a tiny Meeks looking up at a life-sized cut-out of Michael Jordan (his great-grandma won it for him in a raffle).
As part of an ESPN.com series on the July recruiting period, I spent some extended time at the Peach Jam last month with Meeks and his family to get an idea of what it's like to be in such a bright spotlight:
"Of course I feel the pressure; coaches call me, [reporters] call me, and this is my dream, to go to college for free [with an athletic scholarship], to play basketball … maybe play in the NBA one day,'' said Meeks, who granted ESPN.com an extended interview for a series about different people's experiences on the recruiting trail. "So I want to play my best [and] show that I am a team player. But not just because of who's here, but for the love of the game."
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