Jodie Meeks Making a Strong Case For Why He Should Be Player of the Year

Alex HeadContributor IJanuary 29, 2009

At the beginning of the college basketball season, everyone's preseason pick for Player Of the Year (POY) was Tyler Hansbrough or Blake Griffin.

Hansbrough is Hansbrough—no explanation needed. Griffin is putting up strong numbers that make him the front runner for POY at this point in the season. He is averaging 22.3 points-per-game and 14 rebounds-per-game. He also is leading the nation in double-doubles this season. 

While I agree that both of them could be POY come April, I think that the college basketball world should start recognizing the play of Kentucky junior guard Jodie Meeks.

Jodie averages 25.8 points-per-game, and is the leading scorer in the SEC.

He has six games where he has scored 30 or more points. These games include a 39 points performance against VMI, 46 point game against Appalachain Sate in Freedom Hall, and a 54 point performance against Tennessee in Knoxville, breaking Kentucky's the single game scoring record.

From the moment I watched him play at midnight madness two years ago, I knew he was going to be great, due to his ability to fill it up from outside. I think that some of the reason people are overlooking Meeks is because Kentucky is considered to be in a 'rebuilding' process.

Whether you like it or not, Kentucky is making a name for themselves once again, big part due to Jodie Meeks. I agree that we are in the stages of rebuilding, but that doesn't mean that people should totally ignore us altogether.

Also, Meeks was injured more than half the year last season, many thought that he would not come back as strong as he has this season.

By the end of the year, voters will have a tough decision to make for who will be honored as POY. As Kentucky is coming on, so is the attention surrounding  Meeks, which, I might add, is well overdue. Once he scored 54 points in Knoxville two weeks ago on ESPN, everyone realized what a great player Kentucky has in Meeks.

College basketball fans need to take a close look at Jodie Meeks, because he is something special.