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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Nerijus Anglickis Rider-bound

Rider wanted size from its recruiting class of 2011, and the Broncs got plenty of it today.

The Broncs got a verbal commitment from 7-foot-1 center Nerijus Anglickis, from Lithuania via the Canarias Basketball Academy. He'll be the tallest player to play for Tommy Dempsey in Lawrenceville.

Anglickis is the Broncs' third verbal commitment of the class, joining guards Eddie Mitchell and Mark Medley. Rider also has a 2012 commitment from Shawn Valentine, a guard who reclassified as a junior and is spending two years at the Phelps School in Malvern, Pa.

Rider has two more available scholarships.

Anglickis is the second player in as many years to join the Broncs from the Canary Islands academy, which also produced freshman shooting guard Tommy Pereira.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Was any other schools offering?
Does he have any skills or is he a bigger Robbie Myers?

November 3, 2010 at 4:36 PM 
Blogger Ben Doody said...

Anon,

Fortunately for Rider, he is not a bigger Robbie Myers.

I'm told he has a typical European big man's game -- very fundamentally sound with good shooting range for a big guy.

That's not to say he'll play entirely away from the basket. But his skill set is said to be pretty polished.

It's hard to tell how much interest other schools had since not that many schools make the 12-hour flight to the Canary Islands to recruit players from the academy -- something that might change in the near future.

Right now, there's a pretty small group of teams that recruit there, including Rider, Seton Hall and Valpo.

Seton Hall, which got a commitment this week from 6-5 shooting guard Haralds Karlis, already has two CBA kids on its roster.

Kevin Willard showed interest in Anglickis but hadn't offered him a scholarship. Not sure who else was involved, but I don't get the sense that Rider beat out a long list of other schools.

November 4, 2010 at 12:23 PM 
Anonymous MaacFan said...

"A typical European big man's game." Hopefully he's nothing like England's, Robert Reed who is 7ft, and played for Rider.

November 4, 2010 at 10:12 PM 

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