North Carolina forward Kennedy Meeks has quite a support system both in Charlotte and Houston for Monday night's NCAA championship game, including his great-grandmother Rosalie Meeks.
Meeks, 90, will watch the title game against Villanova at her home in Charlotte with family members. She said she has been watching TV and reading about the Tar Heels' appearance in this Final Four constantly. The family sent us the picture that accompanies this story of Rosalie Meeks holding a copy of Sunday's Observer Sports section that featured a picture of her great-grandson.
"I'm so proud of him," Rosalie Meeks said of Kennedy. "I'm the big dog in this family and I don't mind telling you when you're wrong, but I never really had trouble out of him. He was a good child and he's a good person and I wouldn't take nothing for him."
Nakhia Meeks, Kennedy's mother, is in Houston to watch the games in person along with several other family members, including Kennedy's siblings (sisters Lasharyia Meeks and Kayla Meeks and brother Preston Hough) as well as his great-aunt, Brenda Richard, and Richard’s family. The family passed time by shopping in Houston Monday before the game. Nakhia Meeks said she had last spoken to Kennedy Sunday and had given him a pep talk prior to Monday's game.
"I told him to have fun in the championship game and that self-confidence was mandatory," she said. "It's the same pep talk I gave him before Saturday's game, and in that one he listened to his mother."
Meeks, a 6-foot-9 junior who graduated from West Charlotte in 2013, had 15 points and eight rebounds in UNC's 83-66 national semifinal win over Syracuse.