Martynas Pocius Blowing Up

We told you about Martynas Pocius a year ago and now the elite colleges are started to finally take notice. The Lithuanian shooting guard has gotten some big-time visitors of late and they will continue to file into Holderness School in New Hampshire.

The word has gotten out about Martynas Pocius.

The 6-4, 180-pound Lithuanian shooting guard, who excelled this past summer at the Under-18 European Championships, has a list that most elite players would envy.

Arizona coach Lute Olson came in last week and put forth a scholarship offer. Kansas coach Bill Self did the same earlier this week, according to Holderness (N.H.) coach Jamie Gallagher.

North Carolina assistant Joe Holladay is coming in on Wednesday and Duke will send Steve Wojciechowski to take a look at Pocius on Sunday. Florida coach Billy Donovan is also scheduled to come in on Sunday. Utah is one of the few staffs that saw him this past summer and the Utes wasted little time before tossing an offer his way.

"Kansas is the leader because he's been getting mail from them for about a year now," Jim Gallagher, the Holderness head coach, said. "He feels comfortable with the staff and he really think it'll be a great place to play. However, having said that, he'd still like to take his visits. For him, more than an American kid, the visits will be very important to get a feel for the campuses, the coaches and the players."

Pocius is a skilled and efficient all-around player who can knock down the outside shot and also get to the basket with his deceptive athleticism. He makes good decisions and is extremely unselfish. Pocius still needs to refine his ballhandling skills and also work on his defense before he gets to the next level.

Pocius, who came to the United States last October, caught the eye of numerous scouts this past summer when he averaged 18 points per game overseas - and the word spread quickly.

"The biggest thing for him was this summer playing against such good competition," Gallagher said. "He has a lot of confidence, especially when the ball is in his hands to make things happen."


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