I decided to bounce around some of the blogs listed on The Good Ol Blog’s links list and landed on former Cavalier Jerome Meyinsse’s blog page. He’s playing pro basketball in Argentina and has roared into the new year with some monster stats … and “a few vicious dunks” … so he says at least. Only kidding Jerome, only kidding. Here are the stats for Meyinsse for the first four games of 2011:
- Argentino: 30 points, 8 rebounds, 4 blocks
- Estudiantes: 26 points, 7 rebounds, 2 blocks, 2 steals
- Lanus: 16 points, 9 rebounds, 3 blocks
- Boca Jrs: 18 points, 5 rebounds, 2 blocks
Not bad at all. On the season, Meyinsse averages 16.8 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks. Think a redshirt season way back when might have helped the UVa program considering this season’s post injuries? Meyinsse, had he redshirted as a freshman, could have been a fifth-year senior on this roster. He didn’t really start to blossom until his senior season a year ago (6.5 points, 4.1 rebounds) when Tony Bennett was hired to coach the Cavaliers.
I also bring all of this up as a way to circle back to Virginia’s James Johnson, who is redshirting for the Hoos this season as a freshman. For anyone still uncertain about the decision to bank the year for Johnson, the Meyinsse situation is the perfect case study for what still-developing big men can accomplish with a plan in place. Lucky for Hoo fans, Bennett has a plan. Let’s hope Johnson’s development sees the positive results down the road!