After ordeal, Tunisian prospect lands Davidson scholarship

Cameron Smith

In early June, Prep Rally brought you the woe-filled saga of Youssef Mejri, the Tunisian junior national team basketball player who found himself stranded in L.A. after moving to the United States to play a season of high school basketball before hopefully landing a college scholarship.

Evidently the attention placed on Mejri's tale by Prep Rally, the Los Angeles Times and other outlets did plenty of good for the young talent's exposure, because on Friday his former school confirmed a piece of good news: He's landed a college scholarship.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Mejri received a scholarship offer from Davidson College, once the home of Stephen Curry, to play for the next four seasons.

A spokesman for Montclair (Calif.) College Prep, the school where Mejri eventually landed after being kicked out of Simi Valley (Calif.) Stoneridge Preparatory Academy, told the Times that the Tunisian prospect had been accepted to the school and that, reportedly, his paperwork, both in terms of college commitment and visa files, was in and filed.

Mejri has since left the country, which would seem to indicate that he was able to get his scholarship and visa paperwork completed in time to join up with the Tunisian national team at the 20-and-under world championships in Lithuania. The center had previously planned to stay in the United States until he received a scholarship offer, but had told the Times he desperately wanted to link up with his Tunisian teammates if at all possible.

It's unknown whether this is the last we'll hear of Youssef Mejri, but one thing seems certain: It's much less likely that we'll hear of another harrowing chapter in his basketball or academic development once he reaches Davidson.

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