Ivanauskas is One to Watch

OCT. 30 -- The 2016 Illinois post player Rapolas Ivanauskas is getting attention, including from UCLA...

There is no doubt that forward Rapolas Ivanauskas is on the rise. The Barrington (Ill.) product had a big summer with Full Package on the AAU circuit, and now he is again asserting himself as fall workouts get going.

This past weekend at the NY2LA Futures Camp, the 2016 prospect looked good showing off his versatility and unique skill set at 6-foot-8. Ivanauskas says he has been working hard to have a more refined game.

“I’ve been working really hard this summer and fall,” said Ivanauskas. “I have been working on my posting up, my ball handling, and my shooting, and just trying to be a more complete player as a junior.”

Recruiting-wise, numerous schools have been out to check in on Ivanauskas.

“The colleges that have dropped by are UCLA, Michigan, Kansas is set to come in soon, Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, Northwestern, and a few other schools,” said Ivanauskas.

The most recent visit and offer for Ivanauskas came from Northwestern.

“I really liked Northwestern,” he explained. “It was great talking with the coaches and they really had a plan and seemed to know what they were talking about. They have a plan for the future and the school itself is obviously great, and education is a top priority for me.”

Also earlier in the month Ivanauskas visited Wisconsin, and he came away impressed with the Badgers program.

“Wisconsin was a good trip,” said Ivanauskas. “Madison is a great college town, and Coach (Bo) Ryan and Coach (Gary) Close are great guys. I got to see the Kohl Center which was great, and a football game as well, so it was a good visit for sure.”

While he hasn’t seen UCLA yet, the Bruins have made it a point to check on Ivanauskas.

“Coach (Ed) Schilling has been primarily recruiting me and they saw me a few times over the summer and they really like me,” noted Ivanauskas. “They think I fit their system really well, and they are planning to see me during the high school year.”

For now Ivanauskas has no plans to make an early decision, and says he is focused on his upcoming high school season.

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