The Skinny on Linas Kleiza

The rumors have been swirling around the Tiger camps that Missouri has already received a commitment from star power forward Linas Kleiza. We're here to clear up the situation for you.

Put simply, Linas Kleiza has not committed to Missouri yet.  However, it is apparently a done deal.  An official announcement should be made sometime next week.

Kleiza and the Montrose Christian staff were apparently concerned that UCLA might try to sweep up Quin Snyder and his staff, and didn't want to show up in Columbia without the staff in place who had recruited him.

Now that Ben Howland is in place at UCLA, all is right in Kleiza's world and he's ready to sign on the dotted line for Missouri.

Linas Kleiza is an EXCELLENT power forward prospect.  The Lithuanian big man came back to have an excellent season this year after rehabing a serious knee injury.  He has a complete collection of post moves on the offensive end and is very aggressive in the paint.

While he was injured, all Kleiza did was take his game to another level by developing a very nice outside shot.

Kleiza will immediately challenge for serious playing time, if not the starting position next to Arthur Johnson at Missouri next season.

As soon as the official word comes down next week, we'll post it right here on Supermizzou along with comments from Linas.

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