Five Montrose Kids Sign

While the big man on Montrose Christian's campus still has yet to decide his fate, a few of Linas Kleiza's teammates signed away theirs this week. No less than five players will pen scholarships on Friday.

Montrose Christian finished 20-1 in 2003. Linas Kleiza was the team's best player and currently is the lone unsigned senior of the bunch. On Friday, a number of his teammates will pen scholarships.

Joe Young, a small forward, committed to Holy Cross during the season after a campus visit. The 11-point a game scorer will formally cast his lot with the Crusaders and sign on Friday.

"Joe joined our program in the spring of his junior year," Montrose coach Stu Vetter said. "He made an immediate impact and with hard work and dedication, Joe improved dramatically."

Young is excited to be playing for Holy Cross. "Academically speaking, Holy Cross is above the competition and the team is always in the tournament."

St. Joseph's is going to receive a signature from power forward Arvydas Lidzius. The 6-9 Lithuanian averaged 8 points and 4 boards last season. "I believe St. Joseph's can help me academically and athletically. The people are nice and I've very comfortable around them."

Fred Robison, a 6-2 guard, is headed to the Southern Conference to play for VMI. The shooting guard brings more than just scoring. "Fred's leadership and character helped carry us to the best season in school history," Vetter said. "In his fours years at Montrose he helped establish our program as one of the nation's elite."

Hartford is getting Vetter's point guard. The heady Rich Baker averaged 6 assists as a senior for Vetter. He's a gritty competitor and he's going to play in the America East conference.

"Rich's experience and court savvy were instrumental in our team's success," Vetter said. "He was a team player who willingly sacrificed personal goals for team goals."

The 6-11 Jim Ewing is headed to St. Vincent College. "When Jim began his high school career at Montrose as a JV player, I wasn't sure he'd ever be able to play varsity basketball," Vetter said. "In four years he has developed not only into a varsity player but also into a college player."

As we said earlier, Kleiza is the final remaining Montrose player to sign. He's still undecided about his college plans and is presently looking at Missouri, Florida State and Virginia. He's close to deciding whether or not to re-open his recruitment or make a decision among those three schools. North Carolina head coach Roy Williams was at Montrose Christian earlier in the week.

Regardless of what Kleiza does, having the remaining seniors sign scholarship papers is rewarding for Vetter. "All of our seniors are outstanding student-athletes. They have their priorities in order. … Their futures are bright and we will miss them all."

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