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  • Rapolas Ivanauskas Transfer F 6'10 commit

    Formerly of Northwestern and Colgate. Scored 21 points (10/17) and pulled down 9 rebounds this year in Colgate's win at UC.

    https://247sports.com/college/basket...ton-145769117/

    “I spoke with Coach (Mark) Turgeon from Maryland, Coach (Anthony) Grant at Dayton, Coach (Patrick) Ewing at Georgetown, and Coach (John) Brannen from Cincinnati,” he said. “Those are the four schools whose head coaches I have spoken with.”

  • #2
    Really good offensively skilled big.

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    • #3
      Brandon Johnson 1a
      Rapolas Ivanauskas 1b

      I’d prefer johnson first since he’s more athletic and I love the aggression and sense of urgency he plays with but I would be satisfied with Ivanauskas since we first hand saw how he dominated our bigs off the dribble.

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      • #4
        https://247sports.com/college/basket...7/#145995837_7

        Name: Rapolas Ivanauskas

        Position: Power Forward/Center

        Schools Involved: Cincinnati, Maryland, Dayton, Purdue, Georgetown

        Ivanauskas was considered a top recruit when he committed to Northwestern as a junior in high school, but from there shoulder injuries derailed his career. After transferring from Northwestern, Ivanauskas went to Colgate and became one of the best players in the Patriot League. At 6-foot-9, Ivanauskas has high-major size, with solid skill and athleticism to go with it. This past season, Ivanuaskas averaged 13.1 points and 7.6 rebounds per game. He might never be the player many thought because of his injuries, he is still one of the most intriguing options in the portal.

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        • #5
          This guy sounds like the kind of help we need and I like the list of schools interested.

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          • #6
            He'd be a really good fit for Brannen's offensive system, and he obviously played well in his only game on this floor which hopefully helps in recruiting him. The nice thing about him is i think it would help take the initial load off Eason in his first year, and also allow him to play the 3 and 4 which i think he can. Also, it would allow Du and Vogt to focus on the 5 exclusively. HIs only drawback is the history of shoulder issues, but far and away the best bet of who's out there at the 4 for what we now do on offense.

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            • #7
              Keep your fingers crossed boys and girls, the big guy got a Crystal Ball to Cincy.

              https://247sports.com/Player/Rapolas-Ivanauskas-75459/

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              • #8
                Originally posted by coach View Post
                Keep your fingers crossed boys and girls, the big guy got a Crystal Ball to Cincy.

                https://247sports.com/Player/Rapolas-Ivanauskas-75459/
                Thanks for sharing... never knew there was a Transfer Portal CB, not that I can find any other CB picks outside of regular prep recruits. Would be happy if this guy does, indeed, pick UC.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by coach View Post
                  Keep your fingers crossed boys and girls, the big guy got a Crystal Ball to Cincy.

                  https://247sports.com/Player/Rapolas-Ivanauskas-75459/
                  It was Brian Snow who totally whiffed on Pierce Thomas a month ago. Grain of salt.
                  Brent Wyrick
                  92 Final Four Front Row
                  @LobotC2DFW

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                  • #10
                    It's never a sure thing until a guy is here, but he knows something if history is any indication: His profile:

                    https://247sports.com/User/BrianSnow...ment.Year=2020


                    There's another kid i read about over there that is leaving the University of Indianapolis who has a year left, but it looks like he has to sit a year due to not qualifying with enough credits. aka not a normal grad transfer. He can really shoot the ball. I'll be curious if we can land Rap for next season he take a look at. He's a wing and i believe just entered the portal this week, but has a really nice touch from 3: https://athletics.uindy.edu/sports/m...vor-lakes/9696
                    Last edited by coach; 04-14-2020, 08:48 AM.

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                    • #11
                      This is one of those pursuits that you may have gotten fortunate for having hosted the kid the year before in a big game where he played really well, and he also had the opportunity to play against Vogt so he knows he would be able to play with him as a true 4 at least part of the time. Vogt had a nice game against them(7/8 for 16 pts), so he has an idea of how adding him would work out in the mix. That kid made some shots that were high degree of difficulty. I remember saying to someone after the game he shot the ball about as well as anyone i'd seen play there. They put Scott on him early in the game as you weren't going to guard him with a true 5 at over 7 ft. The one advantage we have is he has at least played here under a packed Saturday night house, and i believe he is a kid who went to school in the midwest. He'd be a great add.

                      If you look at his stats, he's a very good passer for a big kid. Averaged a couple assists a game. https://www.espn.com/mens-college-ba...las-ivanauskas
                      Last edited by coach; 04-14-2020, 09:07 AM.

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                      • #12
                        Didn't realize until now, but in 2019 he was Patriot League POY and AP All-American Honorable Mention. Had a solid season this past year, but was even better the prior year.

                        Former 3/4-star recruit to Northwestern.

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                        • #13
                          Hope we land him. I remember thinking during the Colgate game, as I watched him eat us up, "Why can't we get players like that?"

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                          • #14
                            The Dancing bearcat is out.
                            Brent Wyrick
                            92 Final Four Front Row
                            @LobotC2DFW

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                            • #15
                              The thing that immediately sticks out for me is his ability to defensive rebound. That's the thing they need most right now following Scott's graduation. For his collegiate career he is 51% from two, 34% from three, and 70% from the foul line. So if he can come off the bench, get defensive rebounds and provide better floor spacing for the second unit that would be ideal. The one thing that gives me pause is that his stats were better his sophomore year than this past season. But as a 4/5 off-the-bench this would be a solid addition.

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