Martynas Pocius Makes Decision

Martynas Pocius took a visit to Kansas on Midnight Madness and followed it up with a trip this past weekend to Duke. Not bad for a kid who flew under the radar at Holderness (N.H.) all of last year. Now the 6-4 1/2 Lithuanian scorer has made his decision.

Duke's class now numbers five after Martynas Pocius committed to the Blue Devils on Monday afternoon.

The 6-4 ½, 185-pound Lithuanian senior shooting guard, who is in the midst of his second year at the Holderness School (N.H.), committed to the Blue Devils on Monday afternoon after taking an official visit to the campus this past weekend.

``Kansas backed out and it make my decision easier," Pocius said. "I had such a great visit at Duke that I was probably going to go there, anyways."

``I really enjoyed spending time with Coach K," Pocius added. "He let me feel like he really wanted me."

Pocius had also visited Kansas the previous weekend, and according to sources, the Jayhawks pulled out on Friday – just prior to his trip to Duke.

However, Pocius wasn't told about Kansas' intentions until Sunday – just prior to him returning from Durham and already favoring Duke.

``I feel that I'm going to be able to play at Duke," Pocius said. "I'm not saying I wouldn't have played at Kansas, but I talked with Coach K about playing time and he said I'd be a perfect fit."

``Ironically, it's a better situation for playing time at Duke than at Kansas," Holderness coach Jamie Gallagher said. "But he really liked the visit and was excited. He's very fired up, because it's where he wanted to go. When he was listening to all the schools and they all came up to see him, I think Duke was ultimately where he wanted to end up."

Pocius is a versatile offensive player who has three-point range and can also get to the basket with his deceptive athleticism. He's become much more aggressive in putting the ball on the floor and attacking since his performance this past summer at the Under-18 European Championships in Spain.

While he'll need to work on his defense and ballhandling skills, Pocius has a good feel for the game and plays harder than most of his American peers.

He averaged 18 points and 4.5 rebounds for a team that won the New England Class C title with a victory against Lawrence Academy in the title game.

Pocius joins guard Greg Paulus and frontcourt players Josh McRoberts, Eric Boateng and Jamal Boykin in the Class of 2005 who have committed to the Blue Devils.

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