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Thursday, June 21, 2007

It looks like Nikita is official

As reported here before, there were some hangups with Nikita's high school transcript that have evidently been cleared with the NCAA. Welcome to Georgetown, Nikita! We'll be courtside at Kenner League this summer to see you play.

St. John's forward Mescheriakov gets full ride from Georgetown
St. John's-Catholic Prep graduate Nikita Mescheriakov is headed to Georgetown University this fall to continue his basketball career. Mescheriakov, a 6-foot-7 forward for the Vikings, has received a full scholarship to play for the Hoyas, St. John' coach and athletic director Silas Cheung said. Georgetown won the Big East Conference championship and reached the Final Four last season under head coach John Thompson III. Mescheriakov averaged 14.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 2.0 blocks per game for the Vikings. He shot better than 50 percent from the floor and 78 percent from the foul line. "Nikita understands the level of competition in the Big East," Cheung said.

Hoyas' Latest Recruit Is Finally Done
Until 4:31 this afternoon, when I got an email from St. John's assistant coach Donald R. Shopland Jr. announcing Mescheriakov was bound for Georgetown. Ok, good. Done, right? Well, no. First of all, is it "Mescheriakov" -- which I've used all year online and in print because that's how his older brother, Yegor, spelled his name when he played at George Washington. Or is it "Mescharakou" as Shopland writes? Second, what to do about a release from a coach I'm not familiar with who writes "advanced for release" at Thursday 6 a.m. What the heck is that about? Why would there be an embargo on using this info and should I agree to follow any embargo I didn't agree to? In any case, I think that Mescheriakov will turn out to be a good pickup for Georgetown. He might not make the immediate splash of Austin Freeman or Chris Wright, but Mescheriakov will be a solid player for years to come.

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