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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: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: June 15, 2009 2:51 pm
 

Meeks not returning to Kentucky

I did not know your a duke fan and now  come truble uk will get pay back  for that last second shot aginst duke to win the championship
you all lost paulious to the orange as a QB but thank you for your nice comment.



Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: June 15, 2009 2:37 pm
 

Meeks not returning to Kentucky

Wow. I bet you make the UK fan base, and your mother for that matter, very proud.



Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: June 15, 2009 2:37 pm
 

Meeks not returning to Kentucky

I am happy for you meeks wiss you the best of luck you will be missed and you will go down as one of the best Players to ware the kentucky uniform best wishes buddy GO CATS!!!!



Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: June 15, 2009 2:34 pm
 

Meeks not returning to Kentucky

true but this couch is one of the best plus he has nba experince and even with out meeks were still good were still in the championship game. so the couch has nothing to do with itYou can't say that your couch is nicer thean calipari and you can't say heas better because rick couldn't last two years in the NBA but cal was in the NBA for five years i think pluse you had a lucky squad but uk has a lot more talent than uofl had last year so now without meeks we could easly make  the final four but if we work had and play like a team then uk might win the championship it wont be easy but if the play hard and do what cal says they have a shot. and i have too watched uk in the past and when i see all the past couches rick tubby hall rupp you can see the tradition of uk basketball why is kentucky basketball so special is because od rupp rupp set the tradition he set everything that he wanted uk basketball to be i respect rick for what he did at uk but it still will be neat to see call vs rick eather way wish your team bst of luck GO CATS!!!!!

 





Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: June 15, 2009 2:27 pm
 

Meeks not returning to Kentucky

true but this couch is one of the best plus he has nba experince and even with out meeks were still good were still in the championship game. so the couch has nothing to do with itYou can't say that your couch is nicer thean calipari and you can't say heas better because rick couldn't last two years in the NBA but cal was in the NBA for five years i think pluse you had a lucky squad but uk has a lot more talent than uofl had last year so now without meeks we could easly make  the final four but if we work had and play like a team then uk might win the championship it wont be easy but if the play hard and do what cal says they have a shot.




Since: Feb 5, 2009
Posted on: June 15, 2009 2:20 pm
 

Meeks not returning to Kentucky

true but this couch is one of the best plus he has nba experince and even with out meeks were still good were still in the championship game. so the couch has nothing to do with it My couch has NBA experience also - I have watched a ton of this year's playoffs from that spot right near the middle.  And I'd venture to say that my couch is much nicer then yours.  Are you able to take your couch to the championship game?  It's not to heavy to move it from the front porch is it?



Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: June 15, 2009 2:20 pm
 

Meeks not returning to Kentucky

Yah your right about that you cant gall BG a couch can you and thig is Meeks chose a midocer couch of a legeand ary couch



Since: Feb 5, 2009
Posted on: June 15, 2009 2:15 pm
 

Meeks not returning to Kentucky

We all know that UK fans hate BG now but to call him a couch is just going overboard.  And a former couch?  Well, I guess Meeks will just have to buy a new one when he gets his first contract.



Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: June 15, 2009 2:04 pm
 

Meeks not returning to Kentucky

Everyone i got even more bad news I just got a phone call from my good friend Pat Pat and he told me that the reason that Jodie meeks left was for too reasons that jodie felt that he would have a better chance at a one this yer then next year because the draft will be tougher next year. and that Former couch Billy Gillespie  had multiple phone calls with meeks and explained to meeks that he would be beter off to leave the wildcats so he leave only because he brain washed him other than that pat pat said he would of most likely stays  so you can blame BG and i am truely friends with pat pat.
 



Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: June 15, 2009 1:52 pm
 

Meeks not returning to Kentucky

If he was told that he would not be guaranteed to go in the first round of the weak NBA draft this season, there is a 0% chance he would get a shot in the stacked NBA draft next year. Final Four experience doesn't up your draft status. Ask Mario Chalmers what the biggest single shot in the storied history of Kansas basketball did for him on draft day.

Meeks saw that his numbers would be down next season on a Kentucky team loaded with talent. This was the best decision for him professionally. This is as high as his stock is going to be. He will have to fight his way on to a roster through the summer leagues and individual workouts.


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