Meeks signs deal with Bucks

July 9, 2009 

MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Bucks have signed second-round pick Jodie Meeks to a three-year contract.

"I'm excited about it and relieved to have it done," Meeks told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "I know they have a lot of confidence in me. I've got to continue to come in here and work hard and show what I can do."

The 6-foot-4 guard played three years at Kentucky and averaged 23.7 points in his junior season for the Wildcats.

Meeks, the 41st overall selection in the NBA Draft, will participate in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. The Bucks will play five games, beginning Friday night against Dallas.

Meeks and his teammates continued workouts at the Cousins Center on Wednesday in preparation for the Summer League games.

Meeks could back up shooting guard Michael Redd, who was a second-round pick in 2000.

"It shows they have a lot of confidence in me," Meeks said. "I'm definitely going to prove to everybody I can play on this level."

Among Meeks' teammates for the Summer League games will be rookie point guard and lottery pick Brandon Jennings, who decided to play in Europe last season instead of going to college for his freshman season.

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