Jodie Meeks is kind of an idiot. He's not good enough for the NBA -- he may not even get drafted. (That said, there's no evidence that another year of college would get him any more prepared for the NBA... at least not as prepared as a year in the D-League.)
So he's not an idiot for turning pro early. He's an idiot for turning down the chance to be part of a national-title team, presuming he has very little pro future ahead for himself, at least in the NBA. I'm not saying money doesn't matter; I'm saying I'd swap a D-League salary for a ring, at least for one year. If Meeks wasn't poised to win a title, it would be a different story.
But, at the very least, Meeks could have won himself a national title at UK. Now he'll have to watch from the D-League as they win one without him -- but I say: Meeks would have only taken shots away from John Wall. And who wants that? (Is UK still my pick to win it all? Yes, even without Meeks.)
BTW: Per the earlier post on Twitter -- um, didn't John Calipari break Jodie Meeks turning pro on Twitter today?