In Kentucky, basketball rules. Always has and always will. It's just a fact of life. Ever since Adolph Rupp came on the scene...ever since King Kelly Coleman....ever since Carr Creek, basketball has been a religion in Kentucky. And,the University of Kentucky Wildcats is the Big Show! Someone once said that the total population in Kentucky is how many University of Kentucky assistant basketball coaches there are.'
Jodie Meeks is a 6'4 junior guard for the Wildcats. On January 13, 2009, he broke the UK single-game scoring record by scoring 54 points at Tennessee.
Born August 21, 1987 in Norcross, Georgia, Jodie Meeks was it at Norcross High, and he is it at the University of Kentucky. Along with the 54 point performance, he has also had games this season where he scored 46 points, 45 points, 39 points, 37 points, 32 points and 31 points.
In his first season at UK, he averaged 8.7 points per game in 34 games. Last year, he only played in 11 games due to a sports hernia and averaged 8.8 points per game. So, why the current splurge in his game performance? Who cares! GO CATS!
A few weeks ago, the boys and I were in Lexington as J.D.'s team played in the 7th grade state basketball tournament. Our first night there, after a couple of games, the boys and I were starving. So, we headed to T.G.I. Friday's, across the street at Fayette Mall. As we entered the restaurant and were seated, an excited Keifer Dalton came running up to our table and said, "JODIE MEEKS IS HERE!" After showing us an autograph as proof, J.D. and Elijah each grabbed napkins and left our table to find an ink pen. After talking one of the waitresses into letting them borrow hers, the boys were off to meet Jodie Meeks!
J.D.: "Hello! We're sorry to interrupt your meal, but we are big fans of yours and would like to have your autograph!
Jodie Meeks: "It's no problem. I don't mind it at all."
And just like that, Jodie Meeks gave the boys his autograph and then shook J.D.'s hand. When they came back to the table, J.D. was literally on cloud nine. Grinning from ear to ear, he exclaimed, "I am never going to wash my hand again!" Elijah was sitting there, quietly staring at the autograph that lay before him on the table. As soon as J.D. finished speaking, he said, "Who is Jodie Meeks and what is he doing in Lexington?"
Monday, March 2, 2009
Meet Jodie Meeks!
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