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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: May 21, 2009
Posted on: June 15, 2009 5:57 pm
 

Meeks not returning to Kentucky

Meeks said all the right stuff in the interveiws, but if you read between the lines it was obvious he wanted to go pro. It was really no shock since he took so long to decide. If he would of stayed Meeks would of no doubt gotten better but, that does not mean his draft stock would of improved. If Meeks would of stayed for his senior season next year he could of saw Wall, Patterson, and maybe even Cousins all drafted before him from the UK's stacked roster in next year's draft. If he goes in the late first round he will warm the bench since it will be with a decent or good NBA team. If worse he goes in the second round he still could get cut and would have to earn a roster spot. I wish he would of returned because he is rolling the dice on this decision and leaving behind a good UK team. I wish him well though and have my fingers crossed the Hawks draft him.




Since: May 21, 2009
Posted on: June 15, 2009 5:48 pm
 

Meeks not returning to Kentucky

I hope you don't mean if Meeks would of came back after next season he could be the number 1 overall pick. I hope you mean a first rounder. If you think by staying one more year he would get that much better you don't know squat. If Meeks would of stayed he yes would of gotten better, but if he stayed next year Wall, Patterson, and maybe even Cousins would all get drafted of UK's team before him. This years draft is consider week and next years draft is will be stronger. It was no shock to me he was leaving he said all the right things but, if you read between the lines and with him taking till the last day to decide it was obvious he want to go pro.



Since: Mar 31, 2009
Posted on: June 15, 2009 5:42 pm
 

Meeks not returning to Kentucky

The thirteenth scholarship is at this point being saved for Meeks.  If he is not drafted he still has the option of coming back if he doesn't hire and agent and doesn't take more money than allowed from teams.  If he does get drafted or goes elsewhere, the scholarship is NOT going to be used to bring back Galloway or Pilgrim.  They wouldn't have played enough to warrant the scholarship and will be better off somewhere where they will actually play.  The scholarship will either be saved for recruits next year or used for a transfer.  There are a few ppl out there looking to transfer to UK.



Since: May 21, 2009
Posted on: June 15, 2009 5:41 pm
 

Meeks not returning to Kentucky

I agree with a lot you say except Meeks is a class act and did have the grades and all that other stuff. The only thing I dis agree on is if he would of stayed at UK he would of gotten better but his stock would not have rised to much. If Meeks would of stayed next year he could have watched Wall, Patterson, and maybe even Cousins all drafted ahead of him of UK's roster.



Since: Mar 14, 2009
Posted on: June 15, 2009 5:25 pm
 

Meeks not returning to Kentucky

Wow, now UK doesn't have a chance at taking the title this year. It was gonna be nice to see how they were going to do, with Meeks,  even though I could care less. 



Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: June 15, 2009 5:16 pm
 

Meeks not returning to Kentucky

Did you by any chance finish High School? Or actually, did you ever make to High School?

My thoughts exactly! I know 5th graders with better writing skills. Perhaps SOMEBODY on this board should spend less time here and more time on their grammar?!Tongue out



Since: Feb 21, 2008
Posted on: June 15, 2009 5:09 pm
 

Meeks not returning to Kentucky

But his friend Pat Pat sounds pretty cool.



Since: Mar 20, 2008
Posted on: June 15, 2009 5:00 pm
 

Meeks not returning to Kentucky

EVERYBODY RELAX.

I don't think Conjk123 whatever he put up is even a UK fan.  MEMBER SINCE: June 12?????

All you have to do is sign up under a different ID number and you can do stupid things like that.

Probably some troll fan of another team trying to make UK look stupid. 

Might make it less obvious next time.




Since: Aug 12, 2006
Posted on: June 15, 2009 4:47 pm
 

Meeks not returning to Kentucky

Did you by any chance finish High School? Or actually, did you ever make to High School?



Since: Jun 15, 2009
Posted on: June 15, 2009 4:37 pm
 

Meeks not returning to Kentucky

I agree they need to show it on the court to justify the hype, but I'll be very surprised if this team loses more than two games next season. I know that's a bold statement, but Wall is scary-good, Cousins and Orton will rule be beasts in the paint, and Patterson will provide the experience and leadership. There is literally too much talent for this team to not be good. It's just a question of how quickly they come together. My guess is that it won't take long.


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