UVa Adds to 2006 Class

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On Monday, UVa will sign more size and athleticism to the program. 6-9, 220-pound McKinley (Baton Rouge, LA) standout PF/C Jerome Meyinsse , who returned home today from an official visit to UVa, has committed to Dave Leitao and company and plans to sign his letter of intent on Monday during a press conference at his school.

UVa became heavily involved in Meyinsse’s recruiting process after seeing him play in the Kingwood Classic AAU tournament in Houston (TX) on April 21-23rd. The staff was able to bring him in for an official visit this week and Meyinsse obviously liked what he saw.

“I liked it a lot,” Meyinsse said of Virginia. “I pretty much made my decision before I left today. It was what I expected because I had looked on the internet and saw some things already. It has a beautiful campus and I liked the coaches. The players that were there and I got along well. I spent a lot of time with Mo [Diane]. I’m excited to get there this summer. I had a lot of scholarships, but I was waiting to get one I wanted.”

Meyinsse averaged 18.5 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks per game this season. He led McKinley to a 7-4A district championship title – McKinley’s first in 10 years. The only senior on a young McKinley squad picked to finish last in the district, Meyinsse earned 7-4A Most Valuable Player honors and was named to the first-team all-district squad.

He discussed what the UVa coaches liked about him for them to extend an offer.

“The first thing the Virginia coaches said about me was that they liked that I played hard,” Meyinsse said. “They liked my game, but my effort caught their attention first. They said they were looking for another player in the post and they like my abilities and what I will bring to the team.”

Meyinsse at one point in time favored Notre Dame but, after the Irish backed off, the door opened for the UVa staff.

“It’s funny because I was planning to go on an official visit to Notre Dame last month,” Meyinsse said. “They were my top choice then. But then my AAU coach called and asked if I could help him out and play in a tournament in Houston, which was on the same date I was supposed to take my visit. I asked Notre Dame if I could push my visit forward so I could do both. When the time came to visit, Notre Dame wanted to