Q&A with Jerome Meyinsse
This week the Virginia men’s basketball team travels to Greensboro, N.C. for the 2010 ACC Tournament. The Cavaliers are the No. 9 seed and will open the tournament at noon on Thursday when they play No. 8 seed Boston College. Virginiasports.com caught up with senior forward/center Jerome Meyinsse to preview the tournament and discuss wrapping up his Virginia career.
Question: As you prepare for your final ACC Tournament, what are your thoughts?
Meyinsse: It is my last ACC Tournament, so I hope it will be special. In my first three tournaments, we are 0-3, so I am definitely looking to get a win in my last year. We played Boston College last week, so we know it will be a tough first round game.
Question: Last weekend, you played your final game at John Paul Jones Arena. What are your memories of your senior day?
Meyinsse: It was a great day. My parents and some of my friends from back home were able to come to the game. For some of them, it was the first time they saw me play in college in person. It was a great game, but unfortunately we weren’t able to pull it out in the end. It was a lot of fun to play one last time at JPJA in front of our fans.
Question: Some of the best games of your career have come in the past few weeks. How has it been for you to individually end your career on a high note?
Meyinsse: It has been great. Towards the end of the season, I feel like I have been able to come into my own. I have been more aggressive on offense and just more comfortable as a player. I think that has shown on the court and it has been a great experience.
Question: As you look back at your four years at Virginia, what are some of the highlights of your career?
Meyinsse: I really have liked some of the big dunks I have had. I get the tapes and watch those a few times. I will remember some of the great wins we have had during my career. My first year, when we won the ACC regular season and went to the NCAA Tournament, those are great memories. Then just the friendships I have built with my teammates throughout the years. Those are all things I will remember forever.
Question: What will you miss most about being a Virginia basketball player?
Meyinsse: The camaraderie with my teammates. That is something you can’t replace and you can’t find anywhere else. We have spent a lot of time together on the court, the locker room and outside the game. You aren’t going to get that anywhere else, so I would say my teammates are what I will miss most.
Question: What are your plans for the future?
Meyinsse: I am not sure yet. I have a few options, but I need to sit down and really consider them all once the season is over. Right now, I am trying to keep everything open until I can make a decision.