On November 18, the University of Virginia announced the signing of three basketball recruits for the 2005 recruiting class. Judging by the rankings, this was not a spectacular class. None of these prospects are currently rated in Rivals.com’s Top 150 prospects or Scout.com’s Top 100. But it was a solid class. Let’s take a look at these players and how they should fit into the program next season.
Likely Position: Power Forward
4-Star prospect by Scout.com
3-Star prospect by Rivals.com
Lithuanian native Laurynas Mikalauskas was the first player to commit to Coach Gillen. After seeing the Blue Ridge School (Dyke, VA) star play in the Southern Invitational in Charlottesville this spring, I came away with the impression that Mikalauskas is capable in several different areas. He plays a physical brand of basketball and has excellent jumping ability, making him a force on the boards. As a junior, he averaged 11 rebounds to go along with 18 points.
Offensively, Laurynas shows decent low-post moves but is not a consistently effective low-post scorer. He has soft touch but needs to develop several reliable back-to-the-basket moves. He did show a nice jump hook on several occasions in the Southern Invitational. He’s also a decent face-up shooter and has been working on his three-point stroke over the past year or so.
If there is one thing that really stands out about Miklauskas, other than his solid offensive game and good rebounding ability, it’s that he is a tough kid.
“During a game [in the Charlie Weber Invitational], Laurynas actually broke his nose,” Blue Ridge coach Bill Ramsey said. “He went out and got it checked out, and then came back in and finished with a double-double. The next day it swelled up pretty badly, so we knew it was something bad....
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