Kleiza's List Takes Shape

Missing from the summer scene was Montrose Christian power forward Linas Kleiza. The Lithuanian suffered a torn meniscus prior to July. Though he was gone, more than a handful of college recruiters haven't forgotten him.

Kleiza's Rehab Coming Along

Linas Kleiza, a 6-8 power forward from Montrose Christian, is doing well following surgery two months ago. Kleiza, a native of Lithuania, tore a meniscus and was operated on shortly after the June Five-Star event.

"He's already up in the gym now," Montrose assistant coach David Adkins said. "Two more weeks of rehabbing."

Kleiza, who is by all accounts a gym rat and as intense a forward as they come, is one of best power forward prospects in the country. His greatest summer moment came at Five-Star when he hit up Major Wingate for 31 points and held him to just 6.

"He wants to play against the best," Adkins said. "He wants that competition."

And schools want him.

His list includes Missouri, Connecticut, Virginia, NC State, Florida State, St. John's and Wake Forest. Tennessee is trying to make inroads as well.

"He hasn't taken the SAT," Adkins said. Of course, NCAA rules state that a prospect must post a test score before taking any official visits. "He's not going to commit early. He's been on unofficial visit to Missouri and enjoyed that."

Some of the area schools, like Virginia, may receive unofficial visits, time permitting in the coming months.

Last year, Kleiza averaged 16 points and 9 rebounds for Montrose Christian.

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