Kleiza Coming Along Nicely

ROCKVILLE, Md. – The rehab of forward Linas Kleiza appears to be complete. He's trimmed down, looks even more athletic and hasn't lost that competitive streak.

Lithuanian Ready For Huge Season

Some guys rebound from knee injuries better than others. For instance, Cincinnati freshman Eric Hicks was like the bionic jumping man after his surgery. Well, it looks like Linas Kleiza appears to be bigger, faster and stronger.

The 6-7 ½ Kleiza is playing at 245 pounds now and he's looking good doing it. He's moving well, his feet are quick and there's no signs of any ramifications from the knee injury that kept him out of July action.

The Lithuanian, in an afternoon scrimmage, played hard like he always does. He has great hands, is cerebral and can pass. In other words, he's got all the tools to make a serious rise up the recruiting lists with a good season at Montrose Christian this year.

Kleiza will take the SAT for the first time on Oct. 12. After that, he'll be able to begin taking official visits. He says he's looking at Missouri, NC State, Virginia, UConn and Florida State. The Seminoles are the first school to firm up a visit date with him. He'll be in Tallahassee the weekend of Oct. 26.

"I just haven't thought much about [the visits], yet," Kleiza said. However, there's a good bet he gets to a number of the schools on his current list, though making trips in the early part of his season might be tough.

In reality, Kleiza can play a number of roles from his forward position. "I want to play outside and inside." Given Montrose's size and talent he'll get his chances to step out this season and he's got a good enough stroke to do it.

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