Fortunately for Rutgers, the opportunity to really make an impact begins today when the Lithuanian-born hoopster begins an official visit.
"Right now Rutgers is behind,'' Biruta said. "I don't know much about the school. Coach (Dan Hurley) said I should take a visit there. Coach said it is a good program. I don't have a television on the internet in my room, so I don't know much about the school.''
Biruta came to the United States last summer and enrolled for the 2008-09 academic year, and has been under-recruited, according to Hurley.
At the beginning of last season Biruta was a starter, but an ankle injury in January limited his playing time the rest of the season. And since Birutas played for the under-18 Lithuanian national team in the offseason, coaches weren't exposed to his talents on the AAU circuit.
Biruta said the only other school he is looking to visit before the season is Maryland, which is his leader, and has been recruiting him the longest. He could make the trek south next week.
"I am not sure after that,'' Biruta said. "We begin practice Nov. 15, so I have to do it before that.''
Biruta said Davidson could also get a visit, as well as Northwestern, but only if he delays his decision and signs in the spring. He is also being recruited by Pennsylvania and Harvard, but right now he is not looking heavily at those schools.
"I think maybe I want to go to a bigger basketball school,'' Biruta said. "I think I could improve more at Maryland than at Harvard.''