Monday, May 3, 2010

NBA scouts are watching Motiejunas

Donatas Motiejunas has just recently officially declared that he will participate in the 2010 NBA draft.

It is still not clear whether the Lithuanian will make the move over the Atlantic after this season, but the tall youngster from Kaunas is certainly drawing lots of attention from NBA scouts.

As it has been reported, Motiejunas, who is in his first season playing away from Lithuania, was paid a visit by Geoff Petrie, the President of Basketball Operations for the Sacramento Kings, who started his trip around Europe in Treviso. The American stopped in Italy to watch the talented Lithuanian in practice and also attended a game against Carife Ferrara, who are currently fifteenth in the Italian topflight. The defending NBA champions Los Angeles Lakers had an International scout at the game as well.

To the surprise of many Benetton lost the meeting 67-73 and are now in danger of missing the playoffs. Motiejunas had a good game scoring 12 points with 4-of-8 field goals reaching the target. The Lithuanian also added 7 rebounds and drew 5 fouls in a rather limited playing time of 23 minutes to bring his ranking total to 16, good enough for second in the team after American guard Bobby Dixon. 

Motiejunas moved to Benetton Treviso after a very successful season in the Lithuanian League, where he was chosen as the MVP of the Year. The player’s statistics have dipped significantly following his move to a much stronger Italian League, where he is averaging 9,8 points and 4,7 rebounds per game.

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