Pocius Plans Final Trip To Duke

When Martynas Pocius first came to the United States a year or so ago, he was basically an afterthought for Kansas. Now that's changed, especially after the Lithuanian's visit this past weekend to Lawrence. However, this one's not quite done - as Pocius plans to head to Durham this weekend.

Martynas Pocius took his first visit this past weekend to Kansas, but the Lithuanian senior shooting guard said it won't be his last.

``I didn't commit to Kansas," Pocius said en route back to Holderness School (N.H.) from the airport. "I want to visit Duke so I have something to compare it to and can see a different place."

``But it was a great visit," he added. "It was really crazy there for Midnight Madness and it was good to be able to get to know all the guys and the coaching staff. I could see myself being comfortable there because I really like the atmosphere."

Pocius burst onto the scene this past summer in Spain with the Lithuanian Junior National Team and piqued the interest of several big-name programs: Kansas, Duke, Arizona, Texas, Florida and Utah.

For one reason or another, Arizona and Florida both dropped out - and Texas and Utah were unable to crack the final two.

Now it's down to Duke and Kansas, the school that helped get him to Holderness.

With it appearing as though Texas is in a prime position to land the Jayhawks top target, C.J. Miles, Kansas coach Bill Self will try and secure a commitment from Pocius.

``I want to talk to my parents and tell them how I feel," Pocius said. ‘'I'll do that tomorrow (Monday) and also next week when I get back from Duke and then, hopefully, make a decision."

Pocius mentioned the festivities during Midnight Madness as the highlight of his trip. He also seemed enamored with getting an opportunity to meet former Kansas star and NBA player Danny Manning. JR Giddens and Sasha Kaun were the two players who basically hosted Pocius on his trip.

Holderness coach Jamie Gallagher said that it's likely Pocius will take advantage of his opportunity.

``When he was playing on the national team, some of the players are in college now and I'm not sure if they really had a choice where they were going to college," Gallagher said. "Marty feels like he owes it to himself to visit Duke and not just go on one visit."

``I still want to take my visit to Duke, so I can compare the two schools," Pocius reiterated. "I want to see Duke."

``Playing time is really important to me," he added. "But at the same time, I have to be comfortable with the staff, the team and the atmosphere. This isn't an easy decision for me, but I have two good choices." The problem is that Pocius can only choose one.

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