Jodie Meeks addresses transfer rumors

Sophomore Jodie Meeks has heard the talk and read the rumors about his possible transfer from Kentucky.

Sophomore Jodie Meeks has heard the talk and read the rumors about his possible transfer from Kentucky.

He's heard how he's supposed to be upset with coach Billy Gillispie for pushing him too hard when he was hurt and that's why he's not been in a hurry to overcome his hip and groin injuries to play more this year.

But Meeks insisted Saturday that he will be back at UK for his junior season.

"That is just rumors. I don't think about transferring at all. I only think about staying here," Meeks said. "I heard stuff, but I don't pay attention to any of that. People are going to talk regardless, so there's nothing I can do about it.

"Maybe it is nice that they are at least still talking about me, but I don't know how all that stuff gets out there. It is not true. I have not even thought about it. I want to stay here and play."

That's the good news. The bad news is that his injury is not any better.

"I am not really doing any better. I am trying to do as much as I can, but it doesn't seem to get better," Meeks said. "I am trying to do everything I can from exercises to treatment like ice and getting in the hot tub. I rest a lot, too. That's all I can do. It's kind of frustrating."

Meeks says no one has been able to specifically tell him what is causing his hip flexor injury to take so long to heal.

"I am not really sure what is wrong. I know they same it is a hip flexor and then I had kind of a groin strain. But I am not really sure when I did it," Meeks said. "I can't really do anything in practice. I can shoot a little bit. But when I run and try to switch directions, it bothers me and aggravates me. I just try to do what I can to help the team out as much as I can.

"Nobody can really tell me when I will be well. I am the only one who can really tell how I am feeling, and I am feeling pretty bad." How bad?

"I am fine when I am walking, but when I try to run and jump, it is just not there. I just want to be back as soon as I can to help the team," Meeks said. "I tried to play through it and couldn't. I wish it had happened in the offseason, but it didn't. I can barely run, or could even barely walk at times. If you can't do that, then you can't play basketball."

While Meeks has been frustrated over not being able to play, he knows it will make him even more anxious to play for Gillispie next season. "I think it will make me even more anxious next year to show what I can do, but Coach says all the time not to give up on this year so I have tried to remember that and keep working," Meeks said. "I think it definitely will make me work harder in the offseason and get fixed and come back 100 percent next year. Right now, that is what is really motivating me."

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