Hoo Preview ’09: Quick Takes

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The Virginia men’s basketball team tips off its season in just a few hours when Longwood visits the John Paul Jones Arena for a 7 p.m. contest. The Sabre sat down on Media Day last month with several players to talk about the Hoos and the upcoming season with new coach Tony Bennett. Check out these Quick Takes with Jerome Meyinsse , Mustapha Farrakhan and Thomas Kody.

Jerome Meyinsse

Jerome Meyinsse hopes to provide leadership as a senior.

Meyinsse, a 6’9″, forward, enters his final season with Virginia. The Baton Rouge native has played a total of 437 minutes in his career, but he could be a bigger factor in his senior season – in fact, The Sabre thinks he could be the ‘X Factor’ this year for the team. Meyinsse is also the President of Virginia’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee for 2009-10 and he represented the school at an NCAA conference this summer.

KRIS: Refresh my memory, I know you represented the school at a national conference, but I can’t remember exactly what it was. Tell us a little about that experience.

MEYINSSE: Yes, I represented UVa at the NCAA Student-Athlete Development Conference. That basically brought one student-athlete from every school Division 1, 2 and 3 together to help develop our leadership skills and network with some of the other student-athletes at other universities. It was a great experience and I learned a lot. I mean I found out some things I never would have had a chance to know. For example, there’s not really a big difference between a Division 1, 2, and 3 athlete. I thought it was a big difference in size, athleticism and things like that but I saw some really athletic people out there. I really enjoyed the experience and I still talk to some