Ivanauskas a top priority
Four-star forward Rapolas Ivanauskas has become a top target for many of the premier teams in the country. At 6-foot-8 with a very versatile skillset, Ivanauskas is someone who has improved and continues to pull in major interest. “Personally I think the season went pretty well,” said Ivanauskas. “Individually I thought I did well percentage wise. My field goal and free throw percentages went up, and I tried my best to do what I could. I rebounded and shot the ball well, and improved on defense as well.” Hailing from Barrington (Ill) High just outside of Chicago, it is no surprise that some of the top schools in the area, and across the country are showing him significant attention. “Mainly it has been Northwestern, Virginia, and Wisconsin,” said Ivanauskas. “Those three have been huge. Also Indiana, Michigan, and a lot of other Big Ten and Pac 12 schools have been coming in and talking to me and my dad.” His first offer came from Northwestern, and the Wildcats continue to make a strong impression on Ivanauskas. “Northwestern is a great academic school,” he explained. “I feel it is the best education you can get, and that is very essential to me. The coaches there are all great, and I have great relationships with all of them, especially Coach (Chris) Collins.” Ivanauskas continued, “I don’t think I have a better relationship with any coach than I have with Coach Collins. The whole staff are great guys, and they stay in touch a lot, so that sits well with me.” Also the Wisconsin Badgers are making Ivanauskas a top priority, and he likes a lot about the program. “Wisconsin is a very prestigious program,” noted Ivanauskas. “Obviously they have a 1 seed in their bracket, and they seem to always play well. To see how players like Frank Kaminsky and Sam Dekker have developed is crazy to me. I think that they do a great job and Bo Ryan is a great coach.” When it comes to Virginia, Ivanauskas likes the combination of athletics and academics. “Virginia is of course another great academic school,” said Ivanauskas of the Cavaliers. “I love their playing style. Defensively they are one of the best in the NCAA. Also I love that Coach (Tony) Bennett started off with basically nothing and built them into a powerhouse. I think he has done a really great job there, and I was able to play with Justin Anderson over the summer. What they turned into is just incredible, he is absolutely a beast now. If I have people like that around me, would be great.” At the moment there is no specific timeframe for a decision, and Ivanauskas says that he plans on going things over with his family and coaches before issuing a commitment.
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