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NBA Draft 2017: Kennedy Meeks signs partially guaranteed deal with the Toronto Raptors

Carolina’s big man will have a chance north of the border.

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Following four years with the Tar Heels, Kennedy Meeks will move onto a professional career with the Toronto Raptors. He signed a partially guaranteed contract with Toronto following going undrafted on Thursday.

When Meeks first came to campus in 2013, his weight was a concern, but he put in the work to improve and turned into a physical powerhouse on the boards. He spent several years as a starter until he turned in a career-best senior season.

In 2017, Meeks played a career-high 40 games and 24.3 MPG, while accumulating 12.5 PPG and 9.5 RPG. He also just completely dominated the boards as far as raw numbers are concerned. Meeks finished the season with 152 offensive rebounds and 226 defensive rebounds, leading the ACC is offensive rebounds and total rebounds.

Meeks leaves North Carolina with 1482 points and 1052 total rebounds. He was a force in Carolina’s run to the national championship, especially in the late stages of the tournament. Meeks could have easily been named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player, even though that award ultimately went to Joel Berry. Still, Meeks is a huge reason why the Tar Heels were able to bring home the championship, and he’ll be remembered for that forever.