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Lukas Kišūnas commits to Stanford

The Lithuanian big man is the fourth signee for ‘18

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Three-star Center Lukas Kišūnas has verbally committed to play for Stanford, per Evan Daniels.

Kišūnas was on campus this weekend, as Stanford made a late push to bolster its front court depth. The former UCONN commit will add a polished interior game to the fold.

He joins Cormac Ryan, Bryce Wills, and Keenan Fitzmorris in the class of ‘18. This commitment has bumped Stanford to the 27th ranked class, according to 247.

From our previous coverage:

The Lithuanian-born Kišūnas stands at 6’10” / 255. Kišūnas plays his prep ball in New Hampshire at Brewster Academy, a rival to Josh Sharma’s alma mater Northfield Mount Hermon and Keenan Fitzmorris’ New Hampton School.

He has played for the Lithuanian youth national teams, including at the U17 World Championships and the more recent U18 European Championships. Perhaps his best cap as a Lithuanian international came against Serbia in the third-place game of Europe, when he scored 18 points and had 13 rebounds in just 22 minutes of action.

From what film I watched on YouTube (largely FIBA action), Kišūnas appears to be very polished in the paint. He was effective in the post against the best youth players in the world, and appears to possess great foot work. On defense he seems to stay vertical fairly well at the rim. He opted out of playing at UCONN after the firing of coach Kevin Ollie, and has since heard from numerous schools, including Arizona and SMU. Stanford recruited two international players (da Silva and White) last year, so there appears to be a new emphasis under the Haase administration.