Meeks Named a Mid-Season Candidate for Naismith Trophy

Feb. 25, 2009

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky men's basketball player Jodie Meeks has been named a mid-season candidate for the Naismith Trophy as announced by the Atlanta Tipoff Club on Tuesday.

Meeks currently leads the Southeastern Conference and ranks fourth in the country in scoring with 25.4 ppg, while shooting 46.6 percent from the field, including 42.4 percent from three-point range. The 6-4 junior is also shooting 89.5 percent from the free throw line. His three-point percentage and free throw percentage both rank seventh in the country.

The top 30 men's list was voted on by the Atlanta Tipoff Club's Board of Selectors, comprised of leading basketball journalists, coaches and administrators from around the country. The board based its criteria on player performances this season. The Naismith Trophy presented by AT&T is the most prestigious national basketball award and is given annually to the men's college basketball player of the year. This year, the award will be presented at the NCAA Men's Final Four in Detroit.