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Posted On: 12/14/17 3:50 PM
When we called Shawnee Mission East power forward Zane Meeks last week for an interview, he had just gotten off the phone with Princeton
That’s the type of interest the 6-foot-8 junior is garnering in the early goings of his recruitment, and the heady prospect should see that interest spike over the next 12 months.
He played with Team Rush 16U this past spring and summer, and saw interest come in from Princeton, Illinois-Chicago, Cornell by summer’s end. Much has stared the same, but there is one new school in the mix.
“Nothing much has changed, but South Dakota was in for a workout about a month ago, and I took an unofficial to Cornell about three weeks ago,” said Meeks.
“I’ve had a few calls here and there, but nothing really substantially different except for South Dakota.”
Kansas’ 5th-ranked 2019, Meeks says that the Ivy League interest is intriguing, and something he’s clearly thought in-depth about.
“I realize that basketball is something I probably won’t do past the age of 30, that’ll probably be the end of my career no matter how high I go,” said Meeks. “If I have an opportunity to play Power Five basketball, that’d be great; but on the flipside, if you walk out with a Harvard, Yale, Princeton degree, your life path is completely different.”
He says shooting and athleticism is what he’s been working most to improve of late, and his junior season with the Lancers is off to a promising start.
“It’s my first year playing varsity because I had surgery on my hand last year. And our other big guy is going to Colorado State, so we have a pretty good team,” said Meeks.
“My coach expects a double-double out of me every night with point and boards, and I think those are good expectations to have.”
He added: “The main goal is to always win a title, but the first goal is to win our league, and then win our substate, and we’ll cross the rest when we get there.”