A week ago, ShowMeMizzou.com was able to observe quite a number of prospects at Missouri's Elite Camp. One prospect who really stood out, because of his size and athleticism, 2012 C Laimonas Chatkvevicius 7'0" 240 Lithuania / Overland Park (KS), has received his first collegiate scholarship offer, from the Missouri Tigers.
It didn't take Coach Haith and his staff very long to decide to offer the big Lithuanian, who is spending the summer living in Kansas City, and is playing for the MOKAN Elite AAU team. Laimonas is somewhat familiar with Missouri, because of the other Lithuanians who have played basketball at Missouri, especially Linas Kleiza. MOKAN coach, Rodney Perry, confirmed the offer, and also confirmed to ShowMeMizzou.com what we were expecting, that Laimonas has improved dramatically within the past year, in part because he's gotten into much better shape, and also because he's really dedicated himself to improving all aspects of his game.
"Laimonas has improved a lot," said Coach Perry, talking about the big Lithuanian. "As long as he's here in the States, and gets adjusted to the American style of basketball, the better that he's going to become."
"He's going to end up going to a prep school this year," Coach Perry continued. "He's seven-foot, and he has some skill. He can shoot the three, as well as play with his back to the basket.............................. From when he first got here, he's improved a lot. And, he's going to continue to get better."
Chatkvevicious spent a couple of months with MOKAN last summer, but returned to Lithuania for his junior year of high school. He also played for the Lithuanian 17-U National Team. But everyone who is familiar with him as a basketball player agree that he has gotten a lot better since last year, including having gotten into better shape.
"He's got a lot of upside," said Coach Perry, a statement that was echoed by everyone who is closely associated with Lamoinas.
ShwoMeMizzou.com will continue to follow Laimonas Chatkvevicious' recruitment.