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Barking Abbey big man Karolis Kundrotas (1996 born) has committed to NCAA Division 1 school University of North Carolina at Charlotte for the 2015-16 season.
The 6’11” forward, who is averaging 13.8 points and 10.5 rebounds in 4 games in the EABL so far this season after returning from a foot fracture, visited the school before Christmas and is looking forward to making the move to the US.
“I feel very excited for the future,” said Kundrotas, who originally played for the Solent Kestrels programme before making the move to East London. “I feel like it’s a great opportunity that I’ve been lucky enough to receive.”
“I chose Charlotte because they were always getting in contact with me, building a relationship. The coaching staff are great and really friendly, and the college is very good with great facilities both on and off the court.”
Karolis, who was born in Lithuania but brought up in England from the age of 10 and as a result doesn’t have a British passport, has been finding his form in NBL Division 1 recently with the Crusaders, scoring double digits in three of Kent’s last four games, including a season high 14 points in their most recent outing.
One of the top ’96 big men in the country, Kundrotas was named in Lithuania’s initial U18 squad last year.
“We’re delighted for Karolis accepting his offer to Charlotte,” said Lloyd Gardner, Barking Abbey’s Director of Operations.
“We think it’ll be a great fit for both him and Charlotte. He was unable to play on our trip to the States, but took an official visit to Charlotte at the same time, in which they showed him great hospitality and our team also was able to look around their campus, the amazing facilities they have there and meet the coaching staff, who I’m sure will make Karolis very welcome and help him with the next stage of his development.”
UNC Charlotte compete in Conference USA, where they are currently 12-15 in 11th place.
“I see myself playing in the post and stretching the defence with my perimeter shooting,” Kundrotas, who has range out to the three point line, added.
“I’m really looking for to playing in the US and getting a great education while playing basketball.”
Hoopsfix wants to wish Karolis all the best with his college career!