Packevicius Ends His Recruitment

Paulius Packevicius, a 6-9 power forward out of Arlington (TX) Oakridge School, reached his decision. After taking five official visits, he pulled the trigger this week.

There's reason to be happy on the Rice campus this week. Paulius Packevicius, a 6-10 power forward who ran with Team Texas last summer, committed to the Owls on Wednesday.

"I think the environment was similar to the one he's in now at Oakridge," coach Kenny Yates said. "Coach Wilson made a big impression. He said even professors came up to him on campus and knew his name. He really liked the guys there."

Last season, Packevicius averaged 14 points, 12 boards and 4 blocks. He's the school's single season record holder for blocks in a game with 12.

"He was very skilled when we got him anyway. He's 225 now and he's grown an inch. He's acclimated his game to the way we play here. I think he's a hard-nosed kid and is very intelligent."

The Owls wound up beating Oregon State, Texas Tech, Penn and Princeton for his services. The power forward made official visits to each school.

Adam McCoy, a 6-3 athletic guard from Oakridge, is also available. Coach Yates said that McCoy is receiving some low-major attention but that his player is mid-major caliber. "He's a great athlete. Right now he's still searching for that school that really wants him."

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