2006 Focus: Jodie Meeks

Norcross (Ga.) coach Eddie Martin utters one word when talking about Jodie Meeks: Explosive. The former Roswell High star has fit in just fine since making the move to Norcross. In fact, Meeks hasn't lost a game since the switch.

Jodie Meeks has watched most of his numbers decrease from last year, but there's one number that's gone up now that he's at Norcross High (Ga.) – and that's all he really cares about.

His points have dropped off since he made the switch from Roswell High (Ga.) to Norcross, so have his rebounds – but he's watched the amount of wins double from the 11 that he contributed to a year ago.

Norcross is 23-0 as the one-two punch of Meeks and senior big man Daniel Emerson has been nearly unstoppable.

``I'd rather win the state championship than average a little more," said Meeks, who is still putting up 17 points, 7 boards and 5 assists per contest.

The 6-4, 200-pound Meeks is an explosive and intelligent athlete who is at his best when penetrating to the basket or pulling up from mid-range. He still has to work on his ballhandling skills and improve the consistency on his perimeter shot.

``His addition is probably something that can't be measured," Norcross coach Eddie Martin said. "We felt good about what we had coming back, but when we got word that he was going to make the move, that added a huge piece to the puzzle. Jodie came in and fit in right away."

``If I had to pick one word to describe his game, it would be explosive," added Martin. "He's got an explosive first step, he explodes when he pulls up and he's explosive when he takes the ball to the basket."

Meeks will play for coach Tony Neysmith and the newly formed Georgia Hurricanes this summer and try to continue to make a name for himself on the national stage.

Meeks admitted that playing time will be a factor when he's going through the recruiting process. Although he hasn't trimmed his final list, Meeks mentioned Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, Florida, Georgia, Clemson and Colorado as some of the schools he's considering.

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