>> Monday, June 15, 2009
I must say that I am not surprised by Jodie Meek's decision to forego his senior season at the University of Kentucky and stay in this years NBA Draft on June 25. I can say that I was wrong about his decision because I, like most people, thought Meeks would return for his last year to help improve his draft stock. But, then again, after seriously pondering on his decision to leave early, who can blame him for leaving?
Meek's three year basketball stint at UK has more likely than not been less than pleasant. The majority of his sophomore season he was injuried and kept trying to come back earlier than he should have resulting in season ending surgery. Billy (I will never refer to him as a coach because he doesn't deserve it) and his relationship was at best rocky. By coming back for his senior season, Jodie would have been playing for his third coach in four seasons. His fourth year at UK would have been like his first; proving himself all over again. Not only would he have to learn an entire new system, but he would be competing day in and day out for a starting spot on a new roster.
The uncertainty surrounding his senior year would cause anyone to make the same decision and based on his past experience who could blame him. What if his NBA stock dropped further after next season? What if he and Coach Cal didn't get along? What if he didn't fit into the dribble drive offense as well as everyone thought he would have? Who knows what could have happened, but looking back over his past 3 years, luck was not on his side.
I personally believe he made the best decision, and I wish him the best as he strives for his NBA dreams. I am a huge Jodie Meek's fan and truly believe we will soon be watching him in the NBA. Jodie, best of luck to you from all of us here at the PMB.