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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.

Comments

Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: June 15, 2009 9:33 pm
 

Meeks not returning to Kentucky

did'nt deserve a -202 for the post, well said, maybe cbs meant 202

i agree! must of been a cbs typo!Wink



Since: Jun 4, 2009
Posted on: June 15, 2009 9:30 pm
 

Meeks not returning to Kentucky

did'nt deserve a -202 for the post, well said, maybe cbs meant 202



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

Meeks not returning to Kentucky

Good luck Kansas.  You have a fine team and are deserving of the #1 PRESEASON ranking, but let's just see who's on top come April.  It might be you, but it might be us.  So enjoy your day and take your collective deep breath concerning Meeks decision......and keep convincing yourself UK has "no chance".  I look forward to watching you eat crow in that pathetic corn field you call the State of Kansas.first of all you kentucky homer (my apologies to the educated, stable kentucky fans), kansas grows wheat (a little corn, but that is nebraska.........not that it matters). Secondly, I havent seen alot (maybe a few, but not alot) of kansas fans ordaining ourselves the 2010 national champions before a game of basketball has even been played................with or without meeks! As I have posted many times over the past couple of months on several different threads, it takes MANY things to win a national championship. Team chemistry, being hot at the right time, coaching strategy, who you play and where you play during the tournament and LUCK just being a few of the variables involved in cutting down the nets. I personally, could careless if kansas is the preseason #1 or not even ranked (atleast until selection sunday anyway) as it has ZIP relevance in the grand scheme of things. How many times, on average, does the number 1 ranking change during the course of the season? 15 times? 20 times? Your right, kentucky still could be a title contender (as i also posted earlier  few times, i cautiously reserve the right to make that determination pending how your team meshes as a cohesive unit under a new coach and new system). But what you dont realize or atleast refuse to admit to yourself is kansas could of still won the championship even if meeks did not go  into the draft. And lets not forgot about MSU, they arent going to suck this year and I am sure there will be a couple more teams that get into that "groove" during the latter part of the season (cant count NC out either). By the numbers and types of posts by SOME kentucky fans over the past 2 months, one would almost deduce that you were playing college fantasy basketball. The game is not played on paper, and as I also posted before, with or without meeks, the probability that EITHER kansas or kentucky wins the national championship vs. the rest of the field is LESS THAN 50/50.Now as a earlier poster on this thread stated, please go out and enjoy the summer kentucky fans, ANY projection of how ANY team will fair next march/early april at this point is just speculation and lends itself to "homerism".   



Since: Nov 5, 2008
Posted on: June 15, 2009 8:57 pm
 

Meeks not returning to Kentucky

Because you're ignorant and you know your short reign is over UNC boy! UK witha great coach will always be better than UNC and a great coach! FACT! Dean Smith had to play 30 games seasons to pass Rupp. Rupp only played 15-20 games a season on average. Imagine if Rupp played 30 game season how many wins he'd have-YEAH! And no this wasnt the best choice for meeks, his stock would have risen and his numbers would have been as good if not better. He would have more open shots and they as a team would score 25-30 more points per game just based on talent alone. TAke it from someone who has played at the college level and coached. He would have went late 1st round next season and its not guaranteed that all the UK recruits are 1 and done's!



Since: Sep 29, 2006
Posted on: June 15, 2009 8:57 pm
 

Meeks not returning to Kentucky

My guess is he'll get drafted higher than expected.  These mock drafts never play straight.  Thanks Jody, it was good having you while we did, but would have been great to have you close out!  UK will be fine with the talent on board, would have been frightfully good with Meeks aboard!



Since: Apr 25, 2007
Posted on: June 15, 2009 8:49 pm
 

Meeks not returning to Kentucky

And my post was "removed by administrator".....TOTAL BS.




Since: Nov 5, 2008
Posted on: June 15, 2009 8:40 pm
 

Meeks not returning to Kentucky

Can someone tell me why an Ohio STATE fan in on here giving his two cents! My GOD what is the world coming to when a OHIOST fan thinks he knows basketball, matter of fact it is hilarious how many fans are on here trying to disect UK, that alone shows that they are not overrated or getting to much attention. You know why? Because they are on here trying to look as knowledgeable as UK fans and give rants that try to tear down UK. We love it, you are contradicting everything your writing. If UK is overrated why are you and half the country on here taking up your time to post comments on UK. Well because you and the rest of the country know what is about to start coming out of Lexington and you are scared. Denial is the only thing you have left.UK is going back to what they have always been, the most dominant program in college basketball! Get used to it, because your father and his father had to live with it annually and now its time for you and your children to see greatness! Enjoy country-BIG BLUE is COMING!



Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: June 15, 2009 8:31 pm
 

Meeks not returning to Kentucky

I can't help but chuckle to see a Jayhawk fan taking so much time to decipher what KY will/will not do this upcoming season.  I hope they get overlooked this year by schools like yours.  Go ahead try to break them down defensively.  Are you worried?  Ohio State, Michigan and Memphis made it to the finals with a similar composed team.  Why not KY?

Fact of the matter is KY is generating more fear than any other team in college basketball right now.  We hired the #1 recruiter BEFORE coming to UK. I won't be so stupid to guarantee a NC, but I sure as heck won't guarantee they don't have a shot at it.  Basketball fans around the US, other than UK fans, are taking a collective deap breath today, but I dare you to write this team off say it has "no chance".  All that happened today was a more competitve playing field.  Kansas may get the PRESEASON nod, but it doesn't mean SH*T.  Kentucky will be among a hand full of teams with a legitimate chance in the end....just like Kansas.

By the way, thank Roy Williams and Bill Self for your success.  It has nothing to do with anyone other than these two coaches.  The same rules apply to UK.  I guarantee you Calapari rights the ship and reloads talent every year at KY.  I also guarantee you he out-recruits Self EVERY year.  If he could do it in Memphis he can certainly do it at UK that much better.  That's not a knock on Memphis, they just simply aren't in the same high profile conference with the most lucrative and visible TV contract in college basketball.

Good luck Kansas.  You have a fine team and are deserving of the #1 PRESEASON ranking, but let's just see who's on top come April.  It might be you, but it might be us.  So enjoy your day and take your collective deep breath concerning Meeks decision......and keep convincing yourself UK has "no chance".  I look forward to watching you eat crow in that pathetic corn field you call the State of Kansas.




Since: Mar 26, 2007
Posted on: June 15, 2009 8:30 pm
 

Meeks not returning to Kentucky

It makes perfect sense for Jodie Meeks to forgo his final year of college ball.  Meeks had zero chance of matching his output from the
'08-'09 season.  He would have had to share the shots with Wall, Cousins, and Patterson.  Also this year's draft is heavy on PG's and PF's.  Next year will be heavy on SG/SF's.  I think that Meeks made his decision based on what his draft stock would be next year.



Since: Feb 14, 2009
Posted on: June 15, 2009 8:28 pm
 

Meeks not returning to Kentucky

Best of luck to you Jodie!  I and many others will follow you closely in the NBA.  Thanks for being a Wildcat!!!


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