Center Makes Big East Choice

Tomas Jasiulionis is off the board. The big 6-foot-10 Lithuanian who plays high school ball at Richmond (Va.) Trinity Episcopal is headed to the Big East.

The St. John's Red Storm, on Wednesday, landed a big man that was flying under the radar. Tomas Jasiulionis, a 6-foot-10 center out of Trinity Episcopal in Richmond, picked the Red Storm.

The 240-pounder was considering Clemson, William & Mary and St. Bonaventure. "The last time it came down to Clemson and St. John's and I was considering everything but everyone said to just listen to my gut," Jasiulionis said.

St. John's used a little bit of history to sell the program to the native of Lithuania. "I felt that the tradition that they had was really good. St. John's is one big family and it was exciting to be around the coaching staff. They've got good people and the high-low offense they run fits me perfectly."

For the most part, Jasiulionis flew under the radar. He was with Team Richmond this spring and summer and was a standout in the post. He's a player who has face up game to 12 feet, has a good feel and can also pass. St. John's was in need of big men and Jasiulionis was just what they ordered.

Jasiulionis joins a class that Roberts can be proud of in his first year on the job. Anthony Mason, Aaron Spears and Ricky Torres were in the fold by the time Jasiulionis made his choice.


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