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The Jodie Watch

As we wrap up a spring where UK fans have gone on watch for a new coach and for John Wall, it’s only fitting that we again sit back and hit refresh for some sort of news regarding the return or departure of Jodie Meeks.  It’s not likely that we’ll get any sort of decision in the near future, but what happens at the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago this weekend (it started yesterday) could give us some indicators. 

Jodie has already worked out for Oklahoma City, Washington, Detroit and Atlanta and his dad has indicated there were four other teams who wanted to work him out.  Yesterday, the New Jersey Nets interviewed him but no private workouts were set.  It seems that at the moment, most of the experts seem to share the same opinion of Jodie’s next move: uncertainity.  There is certainly some intrigue in his game and he’s a lights-out shooter and great athlete, but he is not a well-rounded player yet and is mostly seen as a second-rounder at best.  But, with a weak draft this year and a loaded draft next year, this could be as high as he could conceivably be drafted even if he returns for a senior year.  So, what will Jodie do?  I guess we’ll have to keep watching.

Here are a couple of Jodie links:

 – Meeks said yesterday that a top-25 projection would mean that he was staying in the draft.  When his dad was asked about the likelihood of that happening, Orestes Meeks said “According to mock drafts, not likely.  According to NBA people, we’ll see”

 – Andy Katz ran through his players that are sitting on the fence in terms of remaining in the draft, which included Meeks, and says that if he returns, Meeks expects to contend for a national title

 – says Meeks played well yesterday but he is still in the may or may not be drafted category.

 – While in Chicago, Meeks made time to do some volunteer work.

Also, Katz caught up with Meeks for a little on-camera time:

Article written by Thomas Beisner