Furmanavicius Chooses Ole Miss

Three Rivers (Mo.) College forward Justas Furmanavicius was already leaning towards Ole Miss prior to his official visit to the school over the weekend.

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Now, though, the Rebels can count him as a commitment.

Furmanavicius committed to Ole Miss on Saturday, not even a full day into his visit. A stretch four, Furmanavicius averaged 11 points and 7.8 rebounds last season. He held additional offers from Arkansas, Memphis, Missouri, Wichita State and others.

“I’m really excited,” Furmanavicius said. “Toured the new gym, met with some advisors and toured the campus. Coach (Andy) Kennedy was always there. He showed me videos of how I’m going to play, my role and everything.”

“I thought it went pretty well,” Three Rivers assistant coach Bryan Sherrer said. “He got to see the campus, see the plan coach laid out for him and he was able to meet with the players. He feels comfortable with them, and just being able to get on campus gave him a better picture of everything. I thought it went really well.”

Furmanavicius is a stretch four. Ole Miss scouted him in the summer and immediately offered.

“He’s a really big athlete, plays hard all the time,” Sherrer said. “He can guard 1-4, efficient. He does that really well. I think he’s a guy that can do a lot of the little things, and he can attack the basket. He can step out and shoot it, too. He’s just going to be a guy that will be very versatile on both ends of the floor, and can do a lot of things if he can stay consistent. With the change in basketball, going a little smaller and different things, he’ll be able to create mismatches on the offensive end. He’s a good pickup.”

Furmanavicius said despite his options, his final decision wasn’t all that difficult. The Rebels, who finished last season with a 21-13 record and second appearance in the NCAA tournament in the last three years, were the right fit.

He has two years to play two.

“I wasn’t that tough of a decision, I don’t think,” he said. “Getting to know the coaches, I like them. They’re nice. I’m excited. This is big time. It’s unreal. I think we can go far. Ready to get that ring. I’m ready to get in there and get going.”

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