Biruta to Transfer

Rising junior forward Gilvydas Biruta will transfer out of the Rutgers program, sources said. Biruta started every game for Rutgers this season and was the most consistent post player in Mike Rice's second year.

Forward Gilvydas Biruta will not return to Rutgers for his junior season and plans to transfer to another school, sources said.

Seeking a better situation for his final two years of eligibility, Biruta has asked and received his release from coach Mike Rice, but no school has been determined.

Before deciding to stay at Rutgers after the coaching change, Biruta looked heavily at Maryland. The Terrapins may be in the picture yet again, but Biruta has no destination set at this time.

In his sophomore season, Biruta started all 32 games for the Scarlet Knights. He finished third on the team in scoring with 9.7 points per game and second in rebounding with 5.3.

Biruta was a Big East All-Rookie selection as a freshman and competed on the Lithuania Under 20 National Team last summer.

Biruta is the first major transfer in Rice's two years with the program, but joins a list of recent key departures that includes Mike Rosario, Gregory Echenique, Corey Chandler and Earl Pettis.

Update, 6 p.m.

Rutgers has confirmed Biruta' transfer and Rice issued the following comment:

"Gilvydas is a fine young man and we appreciate his contributions to the program. We wish him the best in his future endeavors, both on and off the court."

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