Pocius "Settles" On The Blue Devils

Head coach Mike Krzyzewski spent most of the annual Blue-White scrimmage in conversation with one of the top shooters in the class of 2005. On Monday afternoon Martynas Pocius decided that he had heard and seen enough, as the 6-foot-4 sharpshooter committed to Duke.

Kansas withdrew its scholarship offer, so Martynas Pocius had to settle for …. Duke.

Not exactly settling, is it?

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 made 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.

Pocius spent the majority of his time at Duke with Shavlik Randolph and J.J. Redick. He said that playing time was important, but it wasn't the deciding factor.

``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."

Gallagher mentioned that comfort was important in Pocius' decision-making process.

``One of the main factors was the feel of the campus," Gallagher said. "It was small and he felt more at ease in that environment."

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 fellow guard Greg Paulus and forwards Josh McRoberts, Eric Boateng and Jamal Boykin as Duke commits.


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