UNC's Meeks Working To Improve Conditioning

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina freshman Kennedy Meeks is working to lose weight and get in the best possible shape for his first year with the Tar Heels.

The 6-foot-9 big man says he's not deterred by the challenge, calling it "a life-changing thing ... that I'm going to accept."

Coach Roy Williams has touted the McDonald's All-American's skills as a rebounder and outlet passer that can ignite the Tar Heels' transition attack. The 6-foot-9, 285-pound forward from Charlotte should bolster a frontcourt that struggled enough to have Williams play a four-guard lineup for the final month of last season.

Meeks' mother says her son is down about 20 pounds so far. Meeks says he's focused on polishing his game while working hard in the weight room.