GLENDALE, ARIZ. — There’s big, and then there’s these two.
That’s not meant as an insult, of course, but rather at the realization that both of these men — Kennedy Meeks for North Carolina, Przemek Karnowski for Gonzaga — are ambling mountains.
Meeks, who first arrived in Chapel Hill four years ago weighing 320 pounds, has slimmed considerably since then, shedding 60 pounds off his hulking 6-foot-10 frame. Karnowski’s just as big, if not bigger — he’s listed at 300 pounds in his own right, but three inches taller than Meeks.
“A very big low post matchup,” head coach Roy Williams said during his Sunday afternoon press conference at University of Phoenix Stadium. And as he let the word “big” slip, Williams couldn’t help but widen his grin and his smile.
But for such a complex point of emphasis, such a strategic focus, there really isn’t a better word to describe them. They’re massive, both physically but also in terms of what they can provide on the court.