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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 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.


Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: June 16, 2009 3:07 am

Meeks not returning to Kentucky

A8AIKMAN: I don't know who you are responding to, but your statement that UK basketball with a great coach will always be better than UNC with a great coach is comical and completely untrue. Kentucky's futility against North Carolina in basketball is legendary.

Here are a few painful FACTS for you to swallow: (Source: Lexington Herald-Leader online edition - Big Blue History link)

Kentucky's all-time record against UNC is 10-21. Kentucky was 3-13 against Dean Smith, including 0-2 in the NCAA Tournament.
Adolph Rupp was 2-5 against Smith, although Rupp refused to play UNC in Chapel Hill and would only play in Charlotte or Greensboro.
In summary, Dean Smith owned Kentucky.

Your claim that Rupp's teams only played an average of 15-20 games a year is ridiculous.
Even you should be able to figure out that Rupp's 876 wins over 42 years averages out to 21 wins a season.
Not a single Rupp team played less than 18 games and no Rupp team played less than 25 after 1944.
In fact, Rupp's teams from a six year period from 1946 to 1951 played 30, 37, 39, 34, 30, and 34 games.
The truth of the matter is that many of Rupp's teams played more than 30 games in a season.

It's also a fact that Smith's first North Carolina team played only 17 games.
Additionally, none of Smith's teams played more than 10 home games until his fifth season.

More importantly, 97% of Smith's players earned their degree from UNC during his 36 seasons as head coach (229 out of 236).
Carolina continued that tradition this year by having the highest graduation rate of the 64 teams that played in the NCAA Tournament.
In contrast, Kentucky's basketball graduation rate has averaged in the mid 30s over the last 15 years.

However, the one area where Kentucky blows UNC away is in NCAA probations.
The Wildcats have been on NCAA probation seven times: one for each national championship.
Kentucky also served a death penalty season in 1953 as punishment for their involvement in the CCNY point shaving scandal.

In the future, I would advise you to do a little research before you make stupid statements on a national website that are blatantly false.
To sum it up, North Carolina has always done it the right way, while Kentucky's mode of operation has always been shady and that perception certainly won't be changing with the Lexington arrivals of Calipari and Worldwide Wes.

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: June 16, 2009 1:57 am

Meeks not returning to Kentucky

"WOW; your language & spelling is awful; Please go somewhere else & spew your filth..."

Got to love the nerds like tbone 43276 who care about things that no one with a social life cares about. Yes only nerds and grammar geeks care about grammar outside of work/school and that is a proven fact. People who have had a social life do not care how others type outside of school/work so when someone corrects your typing, laugh at them but pity them at the same time because they have never had a life outside the online world. Yes it is both funny and pathetic at the same time.

Since: Oct 6, 2007
Posted on: June 16, 2009 1:43 am

Meeks not returning to Kentucky

Thank you and  best of luck, from all of us here in KY that have any sense! 

YOU deserve worse than  the -61 they chose to score that post.

Money is a huge issue here, and it will be a lot tougher to make the first round cut in the draft next year.
(not that I don't think Meeks would make that cut after another season at UK)
But there is that ever present chance of injury, and Meeks only played about 250 min. his sophmore year due to injury.
Meeks and his family have decided this is the best course of action for him at this time......................and YOU, don't know his middle name, the name of his first puppy, or even what his college major was............YOU know so much more than him, and the professionals around him giving him advice?  I sure hope he reads your post before he makes his life-changing decision improperly.............oh damn, Just a few hours late to be of any assistance to him assichic..........if he had only known what he was getting himself into.

Coming soon to a tv near you.............assuming its one of only 2 channels you can receive now due to the improved 33% coverage since the awesome digital conversion..........thanks FCC these 2 channels are so much better than the 6 I used to receive.

Good Luck Jody!  We WILL miss you.........and you us........(at least the pedestal beneath your feet here in the bluegrass!)


Since: Mar 24, 2009
Posted on: June 16, 2009 1:17 am

Meeks not returning to Kentucky

Heel fan, what do you know about P Pat's leadership on the court? Your just scared of UK and what will become of your Heels. We will see what UNC has for the Cats later this year. I think your heels are shake'in in their shoes!!

Since: Jun 3, 2009
Posted on: June 16, 2009 12:35 am

Meeks not returning to Kentucky

As a UK fan I have to say good luck to you Jodie and I understand where he is coming from because he won't get as many looks this season and there are plenty of guards coming out next season so if it was going to happen this is the time to go.  I just wish he would have came out earlier because then UK could have still had Galloway

Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: June 16, 2009 12:20 am

Meeks not returning to Kentucky

 Two or three of the spots in the final four are wide let's just wait and see it play out.hey, that has been my argument for the past couple months. I really can careless if kansas is or is not the best team on paper nor do i care if kansas or kentucky or the new jersey institute of technology is the preseason  #1. It means NOTHING! The national championship will be decided on the court.

Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: June 15, 2009 10:27 pm

Meeks not returning to Kentucky

Other than people living in the Commonwealth, who seriously would've had UK as #1 in preseason? Is there something I'm missing? They went 8-8 in the SEC and did not make the final four of the NIT. Yeah, some top-ranked recruits are coming in, but freshmen seem to frequently play like freshmen. Projecting a national champion based on a few recruits is quite silly. Even with Meeks, I can't fathom having UK ranked higher than KU.

Since: Mar 31, 2009
Posted on: June 15, 2009 10:22 pm

Meeks not returning to Kentucky

Apparently you've never heard the names Darnell Dodson or Jon Hood.  Kentucky will have three point threats, so zone isn't going to work...Don't spew off at the mouth if you don't know the facts.  And every legitimate player from the SEC is back besides Meeks and Calathes, and a whole lot of good recruits have come to the south.  There will be 7-8 teams very close to making the NCAA, and yes UK will be the top dog.  UK will still be top ten all year, and can still make the final four.  Kansas has the best team, Villanova will be good, Texas will be good.  Two or three of the spots in the final four are wide let's just wait and see it play out.

Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: June 15, 2009 9:53 pm

Meeks not returning to Kentucky

 do stand by my words the Calapari is a better recruiter than self, not a better coach.  TALENT wins championshipsIsnt that somewhat of an oxymoron since calipari is now in his 17th season as a D1 head coach and has yet to win a national championship?  and please come up with a better counter argument then "now he is the headcoach of kentucky, things will be different". I say this because since according to you "talent" wins championships, then by your logic he should of won atleast one at umass or memphis since he had "talent" at both schools.

Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: June 15, 2009 9:40 pm

Meeks not returning to Kentucky

Pigs, corn, "meat", get the drift.  I'm not the one analyzing and matching up Kansas vs. Kentucky.  I already said it was pointless.  Many of your comments made no sense and simply said the same thing I already posted.  I never appointed KY NC w/ or w/o Meeks.  With Meeks they would be better, without they will still be good.  I also never said Kansas wouldn't win w/ Meeks.  I do stand by my words the Calapari is a better recruiter than self, not a better coach.  TALENT wins championships.  TALENT has to be more than something raw skills.

By the way "alot" is two word.

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