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UNC’s Meeks shows off weight loss, windmill dunk

By Andrew Carter
acarter@newsobserver.com
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    Robert Willett - rwillett@newsobserver.com
    UNC's Kennedy Meeks (3) gets a slap on the face from Providence's Josh Fortune (4) during a NCAA tournament game in March in San Antonio, Texas.
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    JEFFREY A. CAMARATI - UNC ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS
    Kennedy Meeks

CHAPEL HILL

You might remember a little while back hearing about Kennedy Meeks throwing down a windmill dunk during a North Carolina practice. The way Meeks told the story this month, he broke out the windmill to get the Tar Heels out of running.

There was some skepticism when he told this story, because during his freshman season at UNC, he was never known for being much of a leaper, or a dunker. Weight was a constant storyline that surrounded last season, and his work to keep it off and to keep losing it was well documented.

Meeks, a Charlotte native, arrived in Chapel Hill last summer weighing about 320 pounds. He slimmed down into the 280s and 290s during the season, but his lack of explosiveness hindered him. I covered all of the Tar Heels’ games last season except for one, and I’m having a difficult time remembering Meeks dunking at all, though I’m sure it had to have happened. Right?

When Meeks described his windmill dunk, someone asked if this was a new thing for him – the ability to execute such a move. He said, “That’s what I’m talking about. That was a dunk I could never do. So I finally got it and I’m doing it more consistently now.”

For all the skeptics out there, Meeks has now offered proof of his newly developed ability. He posted Saturday on his Instagram account a short video of him doing the windmill. The caption on the video: “This one is for the people who said I couldn’t windmill.”

Indeed.

If you watch the video, something else will become immediately obvious: Meeks looks a lot different than he did when he arrived at UNC a year ago from West Charlotte High, and a lot different from how he looked during his freshman season.

He said this month he weighed around 270 pounds and his goal was to weigh 265. He continues to work on losing weight, on becoming more explosive. Those things are likely to remain constants for him. The work, though, is clearly paying off.

“People tell me all the time that I look great,” Meeks said. “But I want to feel like I’m great. So that’s what I’m still working on. … I don’t have a six pack yet. That’s my goal.”

Andrew Carter writes for the (Raleigh) News & Observer

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