The NBA career of former Kentucky Wildcats guard Jodie Meeks never derailed his dream of eventually earning a college degree, and now he’s finally accomplishing that goal.
After leaving UK in 2009 to pursue an NBA career, Meeks was drafted in the second round by the Milwaukee Bucks, and has since played for the Philadelphia 76ers and just finished up his second season with the Los Angeles Lakers.
On May 10th, he’ll officially graduate from UK with a degree in marketing.
“I left school early after my junior year and I told my parents I would go back,” said Meeks, via Will Hammock of the Gwinnett Daily Post. “I was only six credits short when I left school. I felt like I was so close I wanted to do it for myself, too.”
This comes after a career-year with the Lakers, in which he averaged a career-high 15.7 points per game, and made a career-best 40.1 percent of his 3-point shots.
Meeks is scheduled to become a free agent this summer, and after earning a mere $1.6 million this year, he will likely see a big payday.
“It was a blessing to have a good year in a contract year,” said Meeks. “Obviously, I wish the team could have done better but it was a good year for me. I got a chance to show what I can do more because we had a lot of injuries. I got a lot of playing time so I could show what I can do.”
Whatever happens next for Meeks, it looks safe to say he’ll do just fine in the long run.