John Meeks is a name that mid major schools should familiarize themselves with. Heck, schools at a higher level may want to peek in, because at this kid’ rapid rate of improvement to this point…Who Knows!

Most outside of Burlington, North Carolina have not heard of John Meeks yet. However, in his own city everyone knows him. On Saturday afternoon, the gym was packed with kids from all the local high schools. Each time Meeks did anything (even just touch the ball), you heard 'J him John' or 'That's right John'. Even after each of his three or four thunderous put back dunks the local players were talking like that was expected.

After Meeks completed a complete comeback, in dominating the game. The local ball players seemed to know what they were talking about. Meeks finished the game with very loud and quite effective 24 points and 16 boards. On a team that has won 38 consecutive games, against a team with six scholarship type players, Meeks was unquestionably the best player on the floor.

Meeks started coming to Phenom events as an 8th grader. After his play at the NC Junior Phenom we wrote,''John's work ethic and attitude were strong attributes that were very noticeable from the start. He has a solid all around skill set and has a really good understanding of the game. We liked his basketball IQ and ability to play within a team structure. He was extremely unselfish in his play. Coach Carver stated, ' John is a good team player and has a wonderful attitude. He doesn't take poor shots and his shot selection was strong. He made the right play continuously throughout the day and got his teammates involved, but most of all encouraged those around him.' John enjoyed a strong camp and we expect John to be an impact player next season as a freshman.'

On Saturday, Meeks went up against a Cape Fear Christian team who features two players who have signed D1 scholarships and four other players being recruited by scholarship level schools. Meeks was a complete mis match issue. He was able to take the bigs to the perimeter and make shots or go by them off the bounce. He was able to take the smaller guys in the post where he had great footwork and touch.

What stood out the most about Meeks was not his great lefty skill set or his soft touch. It was his explosion coupled with his non-stop motor. Meeks tracked every rebound and hunted the weak side put back dunks, which he completed no matter who was in his way.

After his play at our Phenom Summer Havoc this Summer with his Mid-State Magic team, Phenom Hoops' National Analyst Jamie Shaw wrote,''Meeks was a starter on the state championship team last year. There he was a stretch four man. Over the summer, he has grown an inch and filled out a bit. He is now a bouncy wing, with good strength and a high IQ. During this entire event, it was without question Meeks was the team's MVP. He finished multiple dunks, showed great vision, and shot it well from the perimeter. D1s, its time you start calling here.'

As we mentioned earlier, most outside of Burlington, North Carolina don't know Meeks. That is something that should change immediately. Schools like Elon, Lafayette, and Cornell have contacted him, however it should be soon that CAA, A Sun, Sun Belt, etc'schools start living in his gym.

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