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Basketball Govs sign 7-footer from Lithuania

Tomas Janusauskas, a 7-0, 220-pound center from Kaunas, Lithuania, has signed a letter of intent to play mens basketball at Austin Peay.

The foreign exchange student recently completed his second of two seasons at Central Park Christian Academy in Birmingham, Ala. As a senior, Janusauskas (pronounced John-us-SHAUS-kus) averaged 15 points, 12 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game in helping lead the academy to a 27-3 record. He shot 54 percent from the floor and 73 percent from the free-throw line.
Tomas Janusauskas, a 7-0, 220-pound center from Kaunas, Lithuania, has signed a letter of intent to play men's basketball at Austin Peay.

The foreign exchange student recently completed his second of two seasons at Central Park Christian Academy in Birmingham, Ala. As a senior, Janusauskas (pronounced John-us-SHAUS-kus) averaged 15 points, 12 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game in helping lead the academy to a 27-3 record. He shot 54 percent from the floor and 73 percent from the free-throw line.

“We are very excited about the opportunity to coach Tomas,” says APSU Head Coach Dave Loos. “He is an aggressive player that we think can rebound and run the floor well. He is a guy who seems really competitive and eager to learn.

“Offensively, Tomas has a nice touch around the basket yet has the ability to go out to the free-throw line with his jumper.”

As a junior, Janusauskas served mostly as a reserve behind 6-10, 335-pound James Lang, who jumped from high school to the NBA Draft (New Orleans, second round) last spring. The school also recently produced Auburn forward Marco Killingsworth, who was an All-SEC player at Auburn this year, and Rod Grizzard, former star at Alabama.

“We really are excited about the prospect of what Tomas could become at Austin Peay,” Loos says. “It may sound like a cliché, but I really believe his best basketball is ahead of him—big guys usually develop later and I really believe this is the case with Tomas.”
—Brad Kirtley