Where is he now? Jodie Meeks

KSR begins a feature focusing on former Kentucky great basketball and football players. This edition is for a recent departure from the Wildcats, former All-American Jodie Meeks. Meeks left the Wildcats just this year, and was drafted # 41 in the NBA's 2nd round by the Milwaukee Bucks.

Some thought it was a risky decision, and when Meeks did not land in the world of first round NBA draft picks and guaranteed contracts, a few shook their heads with "I told you so." Meeks quickly proved any doubters wrong, though, as he signed a three-year contract worth $2.3 million dollars, with two years guaranteed as the Bucks designated backup to guard Michael Redd.

Meeks, who finished his career at UK averaged more than 15 points per game despite playing one year badly injured, has been seeing increased minutes as the NBA season progresses. Meeks has played double digit minutes the last three games, including games of 28 and 26 minutes in the last two.

For the season, Meeks is averaging 4.6 points per game in only 13.5 minutes of playing time. He is still finding the range on his shooting, but is hitting 3-pointers at a 32.7% clip, adding an effective weapon for the Bucks.

Prior to Monday night's game, head coach Scott Skiles sang Meeks' praises. "He's improved on the ball and off the ball," Skiles told the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel, speaking of his defense. "He's been a good rebounder and he's not afraid to go up in traffic.

"He's coming along, he really is," Skiles continued. "He seems a little more poised than he was earlier in the year. He's put in a lot of hard work and it's starting to pay off for him."

"The more time I get, the more confidence I get," the Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel reported Meeks saying. "I'm a rookie, so everything is new. Coach Skiles gave me an opportunity, so I tried to make the best of it."

For more on Jodie Meeks, check out the article from the Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel: Meeks steps it up.

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