At this point I’m searching for every little bit of information I can find about Jodie Meeks decision to stay in the NBA Draft or return to UK for his senior year. I found this thanks to Aaron’s UK Basketball Blog.
Next week’s early-entry deadline, which will likely see players such as Jodie Meeks and Tyler Smith return to school, while others remain on the fence.
Jodie Meeks and Tyler Smith are expected to pull out of the class – both players were seeking a first round commitment and neither have gotten it.
It’s interesting that these two separate sources both weigh in and say that Jodie Meeks is likely to pull out of the Draft. It’s also interesting that both separate sources group Meeks with Tyler Smith.
Toward the end of last week, I was pretty much resigned to the fact that Jodie was gone, but information like this has made me waver just a bit. Consensus among the Kentucky media has pointed toward Meeks staying the Draft over the past weeks, but that sentiment has not really translated to the national media.
I’m really not sure whom to believe at this point. Local media is likely more in tune with the Meeks camp, but the national media probably is better tuned in with NBA teams and scouts. A decision is not far off on this. Jodie has to decide by 5 pm next Monday and has said he will make a decision before the deadline. Stay tuned, because we could hear something any time now.
**UPDATE – Jodie Meeks will work out for the Chicago Bulls on Thursday, so I wouldn’t expect any decision any time before then.**