CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Tonight’s NBA Draft represents a life-changing moment for Charlotte native Kennedy Meeks.

The former North Carolina star is on the cusp of fulfilling a dream.

“It’s finally here,” Meeks said. It’s Thursday. Probably one of the biggest days of my life.”

Meeks woke up on draft day at 5:30 a.m., a little earlier than normal.

“It was kind of a restless night. I was thinking about this, thinking about my family, thinking about the opportunities that I’m going to have, thinking about what pick I might go.”

A kid from West Charlotte, Meeks was named a McDonald’s All-American in 2013. It was then that he knew his dreams of making the NBA could be a reality.

“It became real to me. Getting that recognition. Being in front of the biggest crowds, and playing at the highest level.”

Like a lot of All-Americans turned Tar Heels, Meeks had the chance to go pro more than once.

“I’d probably say during my sophomore year. That’s when I was closest. I didn’t put my name out or anything, but I feel I was probably the most ready then.”

The decision to stay in Chapel Hill paid off. Meeks went on to play in two national championships.

“My last two years were some of the best times in my life. Going to the Final Four back to back times. Losing the first year, and winning the second year. It doesn’t get much better than that.”

Until tonight, when he’ll hopefully hear his name called by an NBA franchise.

“I’m hearing a little bit of early second round, maybe sneak into the late first round,” Meeks said. “It only takes one team. My mom says that all of the time. It only takes one team to see you and want you to be a part of their program. You just have to give the best shot when you get there.”