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Jerome Meyinnse's last four games, and what could have been if there were more

On different occasions this season, Cavaliers Journal has looked into Jerome Meyinsse's emergence into a dependable ACC player. But that has especially been the case in the final four games of the regular season, when Meyinsse made 22 of 30 shots and averaged 15.8 points.

In addition, he's managed to put up these numbers against some talented big men, such as Duke's front line and Maryland's Jordan Williams. Entering Wednesday's game against Boston College without Sylven Landesberg, it's even fair to say that Meyinsse is Virginia's most reliable scoring option, given the past two weeks.

“Jerome looked pretty good when I first got the job," Coach Tony Bennett said. "He works hard in workouts and has the body of a basketball player. I think he is a good story because he is a great kid who certainly represents the university well. He has waited for his chance and it has come. He has done really well and I wish we had a few more wins behind him."

It makes one wonder what could have been had Meyinsse redshirted his freshman year. He played only 100 minutes as a freshman and was not a vital part of the team. Given the way Meyinsse has progressed in his fourth year under Bennett, even the coach who wants roster spots said he wished he could have another year with Meyinsse.

"We talked about it," Meyinsse said when asked if he thought about redshirting his freshman year. "I came in I was only 17. I turned 18 during the season. There was definitely talk about it. We decided not to, and it is what it is."

By Zach Berman  |  March 8, 2010; 1:55 PM ET
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