As this week opened news came that Jodie Meeks would declare for the NBA, but Meeks would not retain an agent in order to maintain his college eligibility. Early impressions by some NBA sources indicate that Meeks would be better served to return to Kentucky and improve his handle. Some NBA folks were reportedly surprised to learn that Meeks isn't as tall as previously advertised; and is described as a tweener with a height at a shade under 6-3.
Meeks is in a good situation, as a junior it is a good move to declare for the draft. With players getting one free opportunity to declare for the draft and retain their eligibility it is wise for juniors with NBA draft aspirations to declare for the draft and experience the process. Worse case scenario the player gets to learn what areas of their game needs to be improved upon, and use the information to prepare for their senior season. The best case scenario includes lots of $$$$$ signs.
Patrick Patterson is in a bit of a different situation as a sophomore. If he burns his "get out of the NBA draft free" card now by declaring and returning to school he cannot afford to make a mistake next season; and will need to be sure of his status.
Both players stand to improve their draft stock by returning to Kentucky for another season, particularly with John Calipari's Dribble Drive Motion offense emphasizing more individual skills that will require each to improve in areas where they need improvement the most.
Both players need to improve their ball handling, and their midrange game, and both need to develop more one-on-one moves that are converted for easy scores.
Meeks led the Wildcats in turnovers last season, and Patterson was susceptible to his shot being blocked by taller players. These are areas Calipari emphasizes in his offense.
Deandre Liggins reported at the end of the season that he would have to evaluate his situation after the season was over. With the season now over and Kentucky now having a new coach there are two questions to answer. Does Liggins fit into Calipari's Kentucky plans? Does Kentucky fit into the future plans of Liggins?
With as many as three big men expected, at this time, to be added to the Kentucky roster the futures of players like Josh Harrellson, A.J. Stewart and Perry Stevenson have been discussed by fans. The trio of frontcourt players will undoubtedly question their future at Kentucky if freshmen DeMarcus Cousins and Daniel Orton join redshirt transfer Matt Pilgrim and All-SEC power forward Patrick Patterson on the Kentucky roster.
Donald Williams remains a mystery to Kentucky fans. Did he not play this past season because he was seen as a player worthy of spending a redshirt year to develop his game; or was he not as good as fellow freshman, and walk-on, Landon Slone, and therefore did not play?
Will Calipari be interested in maintaining the large number of walk-ons that former coach Billy Gillispie liked to have at his disposal?
Wildcat fans anxiously await the answers to all their roster questions, all the while salivating at the potential of new additions that will further inflate a bloated roster.
Kentucky roster in a state of flux, part II
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