Martynas Pocius Makes Impression

Martynas Pocius got his chance to show what he could do in front of representatives from some big-time programs on Sunday and he didn't disappoint. In fact, his performance has led to one of the most high-profile coaches heading to see him on Tuesday.

Martynas Pocius drew quite a crowd to a tiny New Hampshire town on Sunday afternoon and the Lithuanian senior guard didn't disappoint.

The 6-4, 185-pound shooting guard, playing in front of Kansas coach Bill Self, Florida's Billy Donovan and assistants Steve Wojciechowski (Duke), Ken McDonald (Texas) and Joe Dooley (Kansas), may not have shot the ball as well from the perimeter as he normally does – but he showed far more assertiveness in getting to the basket than he did a year ago while at Holderness (N.H.).

He did well enough to warrant a visit from Blue Devils head coach Mike Krzyzewski tomorrow.

Pocius, who shined this past summer for Lithuania at the Under-18 European Championships in Spain, showed a high skill level, a passion for the game and a versatile offensive game. He still needs to work on his defense and his ballhandling, but his performance was good enough to make him a sure-fire inclusion in next Top 100.

One of the major concerns centered around whether or not Pocius will take the money after this season and play overseas, but he said the despite overtures from numerous agents, he will definitely play college basketball.

Pocius mentioned Kansas, Arizona, Duke, Utah and Texas as the five schools he's seriously considering at this time. Donovan was impressed with Pocius, but decided that he was too much like other players on his team.

``I didn't expect all of this to happen," Pocius said. "I just played and did my job."

Even more impressive than Pocius' game is his refreshing attitude.

``I know I'm not going to go in and play a ton wherever I go," he said. "But I just want to play as much as I can."

Pocius admitted that a year ago he desperately wanted to attend Kansas – but now things have changed and the Jayhawks are far from a certainty.

``They were really the only big school I knew anything about," Pocius said. "I still really like them, but I want to visit the other schools to see what they're all about."

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