Mikalauskas A Big-Time Prospect

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When Laurynas Mikalauskas arrived at Blue Ridge School three years ago, he was a 6-5, 180 pound small forward with good low-post moves. Two years later, he has grown three inches and added 60 pounds, turning himself into one of the top power forward prospects in the 2005 class.

This season, he averaged 18.3 points and 10.7 rebounds per game.

“Laurynas is a prototypical power forward,” Blue Ridge Head Coach Bill Ramsey said. “He has great skills with his back to the basket. He has very good low-post moves, including a right-handed hook. He’s a good ball-faker and can finish with his left or his right hand. He has a good medium range jump shot, which he’s very consistent with. He’s working on his three-point shot, but is starting to really become consistent with those too. When he first got here, his defense needed some work but he has gotten a lot better in that area since then.”

Mikalauskas is a physical player who also possesses very good jumping ability. He demonstrates his athleticism and strength in track and field, where he stars in the High Jump and throws Discuss and Shot-put.

“He’s a strong kid,” Ramsey said. “We play against some really good big men, and he held his own in the low post. He likes to play physical. In track, he throws Discuss and Shot-put, which is something I don’t think you see out of too many basketball players. Laurynas is a good jumper also…he dunks really easily. He’s on the track team. Last year he cleared 5’10” in the high jump.”

Virginia and Virginia Tech are heavily pursuing the in-state standout, with both having already offered scholarships. Notre Dame and West Virginia are among the out-of-state Division I-A programs in hot pursuit.

“He’s looking at both programs pretty strongly,” Ramsey said of Virginia and Virginia Tech. “Notre Dame and West Virginia are there too, and I’m sure there’s going to be more. Once more programs see him on the AAU circuit, he’ll have a lot more schools after him. He has solid offers from Virginia, Virginia Tech, and West Virginia. Notre Dame is going to take his transcript to admissions to see if he gets accepted and then they’ll offer.”

Coach Seth Greenberg and the rest of the Virginia Tech staff really stepped up its recruitment of Mikalauskas earlier this year and were able to get him in for an official visit a few weeks ago. Recently, UVa has increased