Jodie Meeks: Finding His Place with the Milwaukee Bucks

November 7th, 2009 by Jesse Motiff Leave a reply »
It's a difficult transition made every year by NBA rookies. They are used to being the big man on campus, the star of the team, the go-to guy.

Reality first sets in on draft night. After a few months of speculation, they are drafted by a team. Unfortunately, in most cases, they are drafted lower than hoped, and they embark on a journey that will result in little to no playing time, in which they will battle just to be noticed in hopes to catch their break to become a star.

Jodie Meeks knows this journey all too well. Meeks had a superb junior season for the Kentucky Wildcats. He set the single-game scoring record by scoring 54 points against Tennessee. He played so well he was named a second team All-American. Most felt he would be a first-round draft choice.

That's not how things worked out for Meeks. He fell into the second round and the Milwaukee Bucks selected him with the 41st overall pick. That meant no guaranteed contract, no big money deal. Nothing would be given to Meeks, and he would face an uphill battle just to make the roster.

Meeks never allowed that to be a hindrance. He listened to Bucks coach Scott Skiles when Skiles ...

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