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Meeks not returning to Kentucky

Posted on: June 15, 2009 11:56 am
Edited on: June 15, 2009 5:47 pm
 

Kentucky junior Jodie Meeks will remain in the NBA Draft.

"I want to thank the fans and the city of Lexington. They have been great and I will always be a Kentucky Wildcat," Meeks said in a released statement. "I feel comfortable with my decision and I’m confident in my ability. My family and I talked over the weekend and decided this was the best decision."

Sources told CBSSports.com that Meeks does not have a first-round guarantee, but he has decided to stay in the draft anyway, for better or worse. The 6-foot-4 guard averaged 23.7 points last season while shooting 40.6 percent from the 3-point line. He will almost certainly be picked somewhere late in the first round or early in the second.

This development is an obvious blow to John Calipari's first UK team.

With Meeks back, the Wildcats would've been most people's preseason No. 1 team. Now that honor will likely go to Kansas, although Kentucky should still be a favorite to make the Final Four thanks to a roster that is expected to include Patrick Patterson, John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins.

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Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: June 18, 2009 9:26 am
 

Meeks not returning to Kentucky

The effectiveness of the dribble/drive offense is greatly diminished against the zone and even opponents that play man to man know they can drop off their man and stop the dribble/drive when they don't have to worry about deadly perimeter shooters.
I don't necessarily believe that. It was when KU started playing zone against Memphis in the 2008 national title game that Memphis made a comeback.

It will be a very interesting season for Kentucky. They get UNC and UConn pretty early in the season to show how good their talent is and whether or not a roster full of new players can come together for a new coach in a new system. The good news is that ANY system would be new to them. They haven't spent a year together in some other coach's system and now have to try to change how they know how to work together.

If they beat Carolina and UConn, I will consider them a serious Final Four threat. I don't expect them to win both of those games, however. We'll see.



Since: Aug 15, 2008
Posted on: June 17, 2009 2:47 pm
 

Meeks not returning to Kentucky

Nice CBS. Dropping the ball as usual on idiots like this. Posted 2 days ago, and still on here.


griffinwilli
Since: Mar 19, 2009
Posted on: June 16, 2009 9:59 pm
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Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: June 16, 2009 3:42 pm
 

Meeks not returning to Kentucky

Wow Aikman just got OWNED like ive ever seen!!!! Also Aikman UK did not beat UL last year UL has a 2 game winning streak against the PussyCats. But that aside Wow you just got STA-TIST-ICSIZED!!!



Since: Sep 26, 2008
Posted on: June 16, 2009 2:53 pm
 

Meeks not returning to Kentucky

His agent is going to be his Dad, so if he goes undrafted (yeah, not likely) then he can pull a Randolph Morris and return, making him a free agent in the NBA next year.



Since: Jun 16, 2009
Posted on: June 16, 2009 1:24 pm
 

Meeks not returning to Kentucky

wow conjk123......way to display your amazing intellect.......that blog about meeks staying in the draft was the most amazing and relevant commentary I've ever seen!      
; As for as meeks leaving.....good for him. He could definantly get lost in the mix next year with patterson and wall, and cousins, etc; where as last year at times he was one of the only viable options...his stats were bound to take a hit. So, this may be the best time for him. I hope he lands in the right spot. Go blue!
 



Since: Dec 8, 2008
Posted on: June 16, 2009 11:37 am
 

Meeks not returning to Kentucky

if he stayed he would potientlly be a number 1 draft pick Another dillusional UK fan.  If you honestly think that Meeks would even be a top 10 pick after next year, you know nothing about college basketball.  Meeks is not agile or athletic enough to be a true point gaurd in the NBA and the last time I checked, 6'4" shooting gaurds are not in high demand at the next level.  Meeks is a great college player and may turn out to be a decent role player in the NBA, but if you think he is going to be a superstar, your mistaken.

....and when you 'win the final four', it's called winning the national championship....and don't count your chickens before they hatch.  Right now UK is 0-0 just like every other team in the country.  Win a game, and then we can label them 'God's Choosen Team', until then, settle down, Sparky.



Since: Feb 5, 2009
Posted on: June 16, 2009 11:04 am
 

Meeks not returning to Kentucky

Reynolds, Teague, Harangody all stayed because they know they can only improve and these players would have gone ahead of Meeks teague is staying in the draft



Since: Mar 28, 2008
Posted on: June 16, 2009 10:53 am
 

Meeks not returning to Kentucky

NICE!!!!!Laughing



Since: Feb 18, 2009
Posted on: June 16, 2009 8:14 am
 

Meeks not returning to Kentucky

Haha!!!!  Talk about getting owned AIKMAN!!!  Nice post Jaybird.  I'll be interested to see how he handles this.


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