Jodie Meeks To Decide On Monday

Jodie Meeks returned home from his Kentucky visit on Sunday night. Meeks, who said he doesn't know which direction he'll go, says a decision is on the horizon.

Jodie Meeks doesn't need to know anything else about Kentucky, Alabama or Florida for that matter. After completing his slate of official visits this weekend, all he really needs is some rest.

"What I'm going to do is sleep on it and maybe make a decision tomorrow." Meeks said. "I'm going to call all the coaches tomorrow."

This past weekend, Meeks completed his official visit to Lexington where he spent time with Tubby Smith and the UK players.

"It went real good," Meeks said. "I got to play with them and I played pretty strong. I like the campus. It was a real fun trip."

Of the three schools involved, Kentucky has recruited him for the shortest period of time. However, the Wildcats – as they have been known to do – made up ground quickly.

"They actually called in July," Meeks said. "They said they were interested and the recruitment started from there. They got hot about a month ago." Meeks said he won't hold UK's late entry against them.

"I'm not going to hold it against them for coming in late. You have to look at they came in no matter when. You can't look at it as they came in late."

At this point, Meeks said he wasn't prepared to decide Sunday night. "I really don't know who is leading. I'll discuss it (with my family) and make a decision. I'm thinking about everything – the coaches, the campus, playing time, everything."

Meeks couldn't identify which visit he preferred and said he likes the schools for different reasons.

"I really like Kentucky and their facilities. Coach Smith is a wonderful guy. I can tell he really cares about his players on and off the court."

Then there's Alabama and Mark Gottfried, whom Meeks acknowledged as being in there the longest.

"They've been recruiting me for about a year. I've got a real good relationship with Coach Gottfried and Coach Pearson. There's a good bond between the three of us."

Meanwhile, the Gators made their pitch this month and remain one of the three contenders. "I like Billy Donovan and their facilities are great. The weather is nice in Florida; it's pretty warm there still. I really like the team at Florida."

So, there you have it. Monday is decision day for Scout.com's No. 80 prospect in the Class of 2006. One lucky SEC program will land a young man who has a scorer's mentality and should assimilate well into any situation.


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