>> Monday, May 25, 2009
Rumors are beginning to swirl that Jodie Meeks has every intention of staying in the NBA draft this season. The catch? Jodie is looking for a guarantee from a team for the early second round.
Meeks, whom would likely be a pre-season All-American candidate, had a year to remember last season. He placed his name in the Kentucky record books with a display that would make Pistol Pete proud(a 54 point effort in Thompson Bolling). Meeks is a dead-eye shooter, but has many areas of his game that need improving, specifically his ball handling abilities. Many around the UK program felt Meeks would return and hone these skills within the confines of the DDM offense that Calipari has made famous.
However, it appears that Meek's eyes are on the prize, so to speak. He has every intention of staying in the draft if the right opportunity presents itself and it is rumored Calipari is exhausting his resources to make this wish come true for Jodie.
This could be a blow to the lofty expectations that have engulfed Wildcat Nation following Calipari's enormous recruiting haul this spring. To maintain these lofty expectations the Cats will need Darnell Dodson and John Hood to come to the forefront and help replace the guaranteed 15-20 points a game Meeks would have provided.
Who woulda thunk it? Patterson, a guaranteed first round pick, removes his name without working out and Jodie is intent on staying.
Who could blame the kid, though. His student-athlete experience has consisted of a coach leaving in the middle of the night, an injury filled sophmore campaign and a junior year, while great stat-wise, that was ruined by a coach who thinks he is Bobby Knight on steroids(after a few too many Maker's Marks). That isn't exactly the experience most collegiate athletes envision when enrolling at their selected school.