Montrose Christian captured the "A" bracket in the GlaxoSmithKline Holiday Invitational in Raleigh. Linas was named the MVP of his bracket.
Montrose currently is 8-1 and find themselves ranked #1 by the Washington Post. "Montrose has never been in that position. We do show both sides though. At times we look really good, but other times we need to improve. We got beat out in Hawaii by Fairfax by one point, then we bounced back the next night and beat the #2 team in the nation Miami Christian by 14."
Kleiza has been a great leader for Montrose during the current run according to Adkins. "Linas has been great. Nobody is as strong and he just continues to work to get better. He is the old gym rat. If he has an extra ten minutes, he's not chasing the girls. He gets in the gym and works for ten minutes whenever he can. The coaches have to keep coming up with new drills to keep up with his desire to be better. That's the kind of coach he wants to play for, a dynamic one that will make him better. It's a who's who list of coaches that are recruiting him, Quin Snyder, Herb Sendek, Pete Gillen. They all are calling and I tell anyone who calls the truth, including the coaches. Missouri is leading."
There were recent reports that had Kleiza committing to Quin Snyder and Missouri in the next few days. According to Coach Adkins, those reports are wrong. "That's not true. We have slowed the process down. He has some visits still to take and he will work those things out. We are trying to work on our season. He has taken an official to Florida State. He has visited Missouri and Virginia unofficially. He has also been up to Connecticut on an unofficial. Of course he was down in Raleigh during the tournament but he was not able to see much while he was there."
Kleiza returns to North Carolina to play in the Challenge Series, an event which takes place Jan. 11 on the campus of Duke.