The Parable Of Jerome Meyinsse


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Jerome Meyinsse dunks after a strong post move to the baseline.

Virginia post player Jerome Meyinsse continued his remarkable rise Saturday afternoon with a tremendous Senior Day performance in a disappointing 74-68 loss to Maryland. Meyinsse poured in 17 points as he added another chapter to what’s become a fond farewell story.

No, he was not the jewel of his recruiting class. Yes, he spent his first three years as an afterthought. Yet, here he is, in the final few games of his Virginia career, performing as well as anyone in the league. Saturday he produced those 17 points by sinking 7 of 8 shots and 3 of 4 free throws. It’s the fourth straight game where Meyinsse scored in double figures. He’s made 19 of his last 22 shots (6-8, 6-6, 7-8) and flashed numerous signs of his continued improvement in the process.

Against the Terps, Meyinsse displayed an arsenal of post moves, soft touch, a mean streak and solid defense to boot. The perfect example? Meyinsse caught the ball on the left block and sized up his defender’s positioning before using a little veteran savvy to pull off an outstanding post move. After catching the ball, he dropped his left shoulder – typically his move to set up a jump hook in the lane with his strong hand – before spinning baseline to throw down a vicious two-handed dunk.

All of which has joined his off-court demeanor and success to provide what can only be viewed as the ideal Virginia student-athlete. He serves as a team captain and President of Virginia’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee; he participates in the ACE Program (Athletes Committed to Community and Education) at UVa. Meyinsse earned recognition on the All-ACC Academic Team for the third straight season as well and recently received ACC Weaver-James-Corrigan Post-Graduate Scholarship.

“He’s been great for us. He’s a role model for so many people,” Virginia guard Sammy Zeglinski said. “He’s a great student-athlete and for everything he does outside of basketball, he’s a great

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