On Monday morning, Lithuanian native Lukas Kisunas pledged to the UConn Huskies, giving Coach Ollie his third commitment in recent weeks, all for the Class of 2018. He had made an official visit to Storrs last week. Kisunas, a native of Vilnius, the country’s capital city, recently measured in at 6 feet, 10 inches and 256 pounds, according to Brewster Academy head coach Jason Smith. He will bring some much-needed muscle to the Huskies’ front court in 2018.
Kisunas is a physical specimen that does not mind doing the dirty work to help his team prevail. He’s got great defensive footwork and a reputation for setting brick-wall screens. Given the dynamic guards and ball handlers that usually make up the star power of Husky rosters, a player like Kisunas is essential to the team’s success. Without a vaunted big man to facilitate the pick-and-roll, the offense lacks a lot of punch. Kisunas should fit this team like a glove.
A rise in the rankings is likely in the cards for Kisunas. He spent the later part of the summer being a key cog on the Lithuanian national team that won bronze at the European Youth Championships. Before that, he played with the New England Playaz on the Adidas circuit. This upcoming season will be his second at Brewster Academy, a known powerhouse that recently produced current Husky star Jalen Adams.
This past weekend, the Lithuanian went on an official visit to Illinois, as the Illini had also been heavily involved. Other marquee offers came from Purdue, Creighton, and Pittsburgh. Kisunas was also drawing heavy interest from schools such as Maryland, Ohio State, and Stanford. Academics were an important part in this decision. Kisunas also had talked extensively with Ivy League schools, chiefly Dartmouth. The Huskies, recently ranked the 18th best public university in the country, will be adding an accomplished student in addition to a talented player.
With this commitment, the Huskies should be all but complete with 2018 recruiting. Four-star guard James Akinjo of California and rising wing Emmitt Williams, Jr. of Washington are the other two pieces of their 2018 group. Having the class shored up so quickly should allow the Huskies to get a leg up on 2019 recruiting, where they will likely swing for the fences after adding key rotation pieces with the current class. It’s also likely the Huskies will have one more excess scholarship in the Spring, which could open the door for a high-profile decommit or graduate transfer. Whatever the case, Coach Ollie has his team set up for long-term success.
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