Larry Conley likes Meeks' Chances

Put college basketball analyst Larry Conley in the group that thinks Jodie Meeks will have a productive NBA career.

Put college basketball analyst Larry Conley in the group that thinks Jodie Meeks will have a productive NBA career.

"I think he will be very good for one simple reason -- he can shoot. That's something a lot of guys in the NBA lack. He has other aspects he needs to work on like defense and ballhandling. But I think overall he will be fine," said Conley. "I am a little disappointed he did not come back. I thought he would enjoy playing for John (Calipari) and fit well into the way he plays. He would have got a lot of open shots. But he made his choice and moved on. I think it would have been better for him and the team if he had come back, but I also wish him well."

Conley says no one else can really determine if Meeks might a right decision or not.

"Individuals have to decide when they are ready. I do think he will be a good pro player," Conley said. "He will shoot the ball well. The name of the game is to put the ball in the basket, and he can do that.

"He has quickness. He can get open on his own and doesn't always have to have a screen. He can get his shot, which is important in the NBA. Sometimes the offense will break down and you've got to create a shot. I know some think Jodie can't do that, but I believe he can."

Conley understands why Meeks could have felt now was the best time for him to leave Kentucky. "Jodie would have been playing for his third coach if he had stayed at Kentucky. Maybe that plays on him," Meeks said. "There were only two things I was concerned about when I played at Kentucky. You played and got your education. "That has all changed. There are other considerations now, particularly if you are a high caliber player. I never had to worry about playing pro basketball like Jodie is. You think about that a lot today. If your overriding factor for being in college is to get to the NBA, then you should leave school because you are not going to help the team if that is what is really on your mind."


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