Frenchman Has Plenty of Visitors

Boris Meno is a name that few really know much about, which is why college coaches are making the trek to Northfield, Mass., to watch the unsigned 6-8, 215-pound senior forward.

Michigan State coach Tom Izzo went to watch Northfield Mount Hermon (Mass.) 6-8, 215-pound forward Boris Meno at his debut with his new school last week. It wasn't the first time he had seen him, but it was the first time the Spartans head man watched him during a game.

Meno only scored a handful of points and wasn't overly impressive in front of Izzo, assistant coach Doug Wojcik and UCLA assistant Kerry Keating, but he remains an intriguing prospect.

The scouting report on Meno, who was born in the Congo but moved to Paris when he was 6 years old and spent most of his childhood in France, is as follows: Good outside shooter who needs to become tougher.

Meno, in his second game at NMH on Wednesday – a win over Redemption Christian – finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds – five on the offensive end. However, he only hit one shot from outside of the paint and misfired on all four of his three-point attempts. He did most of his work on putbacks.

It's clear that Meno needs to look for his own shot more rather than deferring so much to his teammates.

``He's skilled," NMH coach Bill Batty said. "He's still young in the game and has a European-style game. He's a very good shooter who can hit the three, but he's got to really learn to be aggressive. He's a big-time athlete and I think he can do a lot of stuff right now; he's just got to learn how to do it in the context of the game."

The transition for Meno from the Shipley School (Pa.), where he played last season after coming over from France, to Northfield has been somewhat difficult early on. The level of competition at Shipley wasn't nearly what it is at NMH and it may take Meno some time to figure things out.

While it's still uncertain whether Izzo will back off of Meno after his recent performance, schools such as Northwestern, Davidson, Penn State, Boston University, Vermont and Wagner have gotten involved. In fact, both BU head man Dennis Wolff and Vermont coach Tom Brennan were in attendance for Wednesday's game.

``I think I was either too excited or too nervous when Coach Izzo was here," Meno said. "I didn't play tough at all. No excuses."


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