BamaMag: Jodie Meeks is a 6-4, 200-pound performer at Norcross High School in Norcross, Georgia. He is a senior this year. Here is our interview with him.
BamaMag: When did you start playing basketball?
Jodie Meeks: I first played basketball when I was about three, at an early age.
BM: Who introduced you to the game?
JM: My dad.
BM: What made you excited about playing basketball and held your interest, so now your still playing?
JM: I used to watch Michael Jordan videos all the time, so, Michael Jordan probably inspired me.
BM: He is your favorite player?
JM: Yes, of all time.
BM: Are there any other players who you like tand try to emulate?
JM: Probably, LeBron James.
BM: Any older players? Anybody who is not playing now?
JM: Magic Johnson. I like his passing. I might be a point guard later on .
BM: What do you consider your strengths?
JM: Defense, shooting and penetrating.
BM: How far would you say you feel comfortable with your range of shot?
JM: I feel pretty comfortable at three-point line so, so probably three feet off the line.
BM: And what do you think some of the areas that you need to improve?
JM: I feel pretty strong about all of my game; just improve every skill. I do not feel I have any weaknesses, but I want to improve everyday.
BM: How do you go about improving your game,?
JM: Tuesdays and Thursdays, I shoot on this machine called the gun. I shoot many shots with my high school coach. I shoot a lot.
BM: Who gives you the most guidance about basketball?
JM: My dad; my AAU coach, Horace Neysmith; and my high school coach, Eddie Martin, from Norcross.
BM: What schools are recruiting you the most?
JM: I am still pretty much wide open but UConn, Maryland, Georgia Tech, Georgia, Florida, Arkansas, Alabama, Auburn. I'm still pretty much wide now.
BM: What schools interest you the most?
JM: I'm not narrowed down yet. Soon I will sit down with my dad, Coach Horace and Coach Martin and we're going to narrow down to about five or.
BM: And do you have any idea what might be some of the factors that will influence you with your decision?
JM: My relationship with the coaches; the importance the school puts on academics; and playing time–not necessarily starting when I come in, but getting minutes as a freshman.
BM: Outside of basketball, what are some of your interests?
JM: Well, I might go into finance. I'm not sure of what my major is yet though but I might go into finance and I like that.
BM: What have you learned in this camp that might help you down the road?
JM: I learned to play hard every game. Somebody's always watching, so just play hard every game.
BM: And what areas, since you played the first game to the last game, that you might have improved or concentrated on a little more?
JM: My confidence.
BM: Thank you for the interview and we wish you all the luck down the road.
JM: Thank you.