Friday, June 26, 2009
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Gwinnett Daily Post
Gwinnett County still hasn't had a high school alum become a first-round pick in the NBA Draft.
The latest hope came and went when the first round of the 2009 draft ended Thursday night without former Norcross and Kentucky standout Jodie Meeks' name being called.
However, after a bit of a wait, the 6-foot-4 guard will still get a chance to fulfill his dream of playing in the NBA after he was selected in the second round with the 41st overall pick by the Milwaukee Bucks.
It also makes him the highest selection ever for a Gwinnett player, four spots higher than former South Gwinnett star Lou Williams, who was taken with the 45th pick in 2005 by the Philadelphia '76ers.
Meeks, who could not be reached for comment as of press time, enjoyed a breakout season this past year at Kentucky after injuries plagued his first two seasons there.
He was the Wildcats' leading scorer at 23.7 points per game - including a school-record 54 points in a game against Tennessee - and also led the team with 48 steals and a .902 shooting percentage from the free-throw line.
With his scoring average jumping almost 15 points per game from the previous season, Meeks entered his name into the draft, and then kept it there at the June 15 deadline.
He joins a Milwaukee Bucks team that went 34-48 and finished last in the NBA's Central Division last year and hasn't made the playoffs since 2005-06.