Coach K To Watch Pocius On Tuesday

When Georgia shooting guard Lewis Clinch decided on Georgia Tech it seemed that Duke was finished with guards in the class of 2005. However <i>TheDevilsDen.com</I> has learned that Mike Krzyzewski will head to New Hampshire tomorrow to determine if the Blue Devils are interested.

Evidently, Steve Wojciechowski liked what he saw out of Martynas Pocius.

The 6-4 1/2, 185-pound Lithuanian shooting guard, who showed a high skill level and a versatile offensive game in front of numerous coaches on Sunday afternoon, played well enough to warrant a visit from Blue Devils head coach Mike Krzyzewski tomorrow.

``Gee, I like Duke a lot," said the wide-eyed Pocius when talking about the Blue Devils. "I saw a couple of their games and I really like them and how they play."

Wojciechowki wasn't the only one who was in attendance to catch a glimpse at Pocius on Sunday. Kansas coach Bill Self and assistant Joe Dooley were there as was Florida head coach Billy Donovan and Texas assistant Ken McDonald.

Pocius was far more assertive and aggressive in going to the basket than he displayed a year ago while at Holderness (N.H.), but he didn't shoot the ball quite as well from the perimeter as he showed last year. He gives much of the credit for the change in his game and the added confidence to his play at the Under-18 European Championships in Spain.

Pocius, who still needs to work on his defense, said that numerous agents spoke to him after his performance in Spain with offers to play pro ball overseas, but he would rather play college ball and try and prepare for a career in the NBA – if possible.

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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