Linas Kleiza wavering

<i>Inside Carolina</i> has confirmed through several sources close to the situation that Linas Kleiza is in fact wavering on his commitment to Missouri, in light of the NCAA and FBI investigations surrounding the Missouri basketball program.

Kleiza committed to the Tigers in late May, with North Carolina and Florida State finishing in second and third. He did not sign a letter of intent, and instead signed a non-binding scholarship agreement.

With the commitment now up in the air, a number of ACC schools, including FSU, UNC and N.C. State are inquiring.

Kleiza is currently at his father's home in New York and IC was unable to receive direct confirmation from the Kleiza family.

The 6-8, 245-pound Lithuanian native's stock skyrocketed last year during his senior season at Montrose Christian Academy (Md.), where he averaged 20.5 points and 12.2 rebounds. In April he was named to the Jordan Capital Classic national all-star game and posted 16 points and 11 boards.

Kleiza returned home to Lithuania during the summer to play for his national team in the 19-under World Junior Men's Tournament in Greece. There, he was dominating. Kleiza was the tournament's leading scorer, averaging 29.1 points and 8.9 rebounds, while shooting a tournament-leading 65 percent from the floor.

Simply put, Linas Kleiza is a post player who can make more than just a significant contribution from day one.

"Linas is an outstanding player who we think will make an immediate impact for us," Missouri head coach Quin Snyder said after Kleiza committed. "He possesses a great work ethic and will provide great size and strength in the paint as a relentless rebounder and talented scorer."

He is an impact player, who, straight out of high school, could walk onto a campus as early as next week and completely alter the expectations of that program.

Stay tuned ...


For much more on Kleiza, check out IC's Linas Kleiza profile.

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