Calipari says Meeks and his family anticipated him going a bit earlier in the draft as they told him they expected him to be picked no later than 37th. However, Calipari noted that Chris Roberts, one of his players at Memphis, was picked 40th in the 2008 draft and started the final 10 games for New Jersey last season.
"I think Jodie can do the same and I truly wish him well," Calipari said. "You can't hold these kids back. If they go in (to the draft) and know they may go in the second round or not get picked, it is still their choice. At the end of the day, it will still a good choice for Jodie.
"But I can't imagine that we will be better. He is such a terrific player."