Georgetown Hoyas Lose Out on Kennedy Meeks, Set Sights on Dakari Johnson

By Merlisa
Rob Kinnan-US Presswire

The Georgetown Hoyas pursuit of the dominate big man will continue now that top recruit Kennedy Meeks has committed to play for the North Carolina Tar Heels.

Meeks, consider by many among the top ranked centers in the class of 2013, had narrowed his choice down to the Hoyas and Tar Heels.

Although his interest in Georgetown peeked after an official visit last month, his frequent visits to Chapel Hill were a sign that the West Charlotte, N.C. native wasn’t straying too far from home.

It’s the second 2013 recruit the Hoyas have lost to the Tar Heels.  The Hoyas were also recruiting Nate Britt, who committed to the Tar Heels last year.

Considered a beast on the boards, the 6-9, 275 pounds Meeks was named MVP of the 2011 state title.  Often called “Big Baby” or “Baby Meeks”, because of his youthful chubby cheeks, Meeks has a man’s game.  He led West Charlotte to three straight North Carolina  4A Western Regional championship games and two 4A state finals.  He was named MVP of the 2011 state finals.

Both Rivals and ESPN rank Meeks among the top five centers for the class of 2013.  According to CBS Sports, Meeks is the  the No. 2-ranked center and No. 26 overall.

Although the Hoyas have a history of attracting talented big men, lately coach John Thompson III has had problems filling that position.

Now Thompson will turn his attention to Dakari Johnson.  Johnson, a 6’10” center out of Elizabeth (NJ) St. Patrick High, reclassified from the Class of 2014.   According to Casual Hoya blog, Johnson is the best big man available in the 2013 class.  Could be the big guy Hoyas fans are longing for.


Merlisa blogs about Georgetown and Big East basketball.  Follow her on Twitter: @merlisa.

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