We all like “what ifs” right? We ask ourselves a lot, “what if?”. Well I have decided to turn the two word question that can cause hours of conversation into a blog series. Every Friday I will address a Kentucky sports moment, commitment, season, event, etc. and ask “what it?”. I will address certain points and explain why I think it could have happened. Hope you all enjoy.
When the Billy Gillispie era ended at UK and John Calipari took over, there were some big NBA draft decisions to be made in Patrick Patterson and Jodie Meeks. Once Patterson decided he would return to school, Meeks was the one big decision remaining. On April 7, 2009 Meeks declared for the NBA draft but didn’t hire an agent, which gave him the option to return to school. In an interview done in late May of that year, Meeks said, “If I am not first round, then I’ll go back to school”. On June 15, 2009, Meeks announced that he would stay in the draft and forego his senior season at Kentucky. So, with that, what if Jodie Meeks doesn’t go to the NBA and stays at UK for his senior year?
Does Eric Bledsoe come to Kentucky?
Eric Bledsoe was a natural point guard coming out of high school. Bledsoe was considered a five-star player by Rivals.com, he was the no. 3 ranked guard, and the no. 23 overall player in the 2009 class. After John Wall committed to Kentucky, Bledsoe was forced to play the shooting guard role.
If Jodie Meeks returns to UK, Eric Bledsoe doesn’t come to Kentucky. If you disagree, think about this. Does a five-star point guard/shooting guard commit to Kentucky to be a back-up?
What could’ve been. Ever since Kentucky lost to West Virginia in the elite eight in 2010, the consensus is that if Jodie Meeks had stayed at Kentucky, UK goes undefeated.
That team had everything. Fast and quick guards, experience, and big men that could rebound and play in the paint. The only thing they were missing was a shooter and Meeks was just that.
If Meeks stays, there’s a good chance Kentucky goes undefeated that season and wins the 2010 NCAA title.
Sophomore Eric Bledsoe
Freshman Eric Bledsoe with freshman John Wall was one hell of a duo, but, if Eric Bledsoe still comes to UK and plays behind Meeks, he plays a second year at UK, without a doubt.
A Brandon Knight/Eric Bledsoe guard duo would’ve been crazy. If this happens, there’s a good chance Kentucky wins the national title in 2011.
One of the best
Jodie Meeks broke the UK single-game scoring record with 54 points against Tennessee, a record previously held by UK legend Dan Issel that no one thought would be broken. He set the record for most threes in a game by going 10-15 from behind-the-arc in the same game against Tennessee, a record previously held by another UK legend in Tony Delk. He scored 854 points in his junior season, second to Dan Issel. He also broke the single season three-point record with 117.
List of Meeks’ accolades: Named SEC freshman of the week three times, unanimously selected to the All-SEC freshman team, selected to the freshman All-American team, unanimously selected to the All-SEC first team his junior year, USBWA District IV player of the year, and second team All-American by the Associated Press, USBWA, NABC, and by SportingNews.com.
Keep in mind, Meeks played really only two seasons at UK since his sophomore year was cut short with injuries, playing only eleven games.
If he stays and performs the way he did his junior year during his senior year, we’re talking about a potential jersey retirement.
Hope you all enjoyed. Go cats.
Check out the first post of the “what if?” series: