Serbian basketball national team is preparing themselves for the World Championships in China. Because of that Serbia´s finest played two preparation matches against Lithuanian nationa team and won both times – first in Belgrade Arena, and afterwards in Žalgirio Arena in Kaunas. Curiosity is that Lithuanian national team for these matches had 10 players that were playing for their Universities in the Lithuanian University League (LSKL).
First we have to start for those players that won´t be able to play at the European Universities Games. Domantas Sabonis spent his student career playing at Gonzaga University in the United States, while Martinas Geben was a player for the Nottre Damme University. Only player of this team that didn´t play for a single University is Marius Grigonis as we didn´t find any date that he had a student-athlete career.
Now, let us focus at those players that can be a part for the European Universities Games in Belgrade.
University that has most trophies in Lithuanian University League and EUSA competition, they have six gold and one bronze medal so far, Vytautas Magnus University from Kaunas could have a roster that would be dominant at any University competition.
First star of the team would be former player of New York Nicks and currently player of Olympiakos – Mindaugas Kuzminskas. He played 27 matches in three seasons that he was part of the Lithuanian University League. First two seasons he was part of Šiauliu University and the last season he spent in Kaunas where he scored 25.7 points on average.
Guard of Lokomotiva Kuban Mantas Kalnietis can say that he is the only player that participated at EUSA competitions and won gold in Novi Sad at EUSA Basketball Championship in 2008. In the Lithuanian University League he played 30 matches in total and in his last season he had 26 points in average.
Žigimantas Janavičius, basketball players from Klaipeda, Lithuania, had four seasons in total for the Lithuanian University Basketball giants and had 23 games in total. Best matches he had in 2009/10 season when he had 16.9 points average at 10 matches.
Three players of Žalgiris are closing the list of players that can play for Vytautas Magnus University. Lithuanian basketball legend Paulius Jankunas played the least matches, only 20 in three seasons and had 10.2 points and 3.9 rebounds in average.
Lukas Lekavičius is the player that has second most matches played for University (on this list) as he had five seasons with 45 games, and 14 of those were for the Technical University of Kaunas and the rest was for the Vytautas Magnus University. Like Jankunas, he had 10.6 points, 3 rebounds and 3.4 assists.
Same numbers, achieved in 63 matches had Edgaras Ulanovas. Like his two colleagues from Žalgiris ho scored 10.2 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.4 assist per match. University sports lovers in Lithuania could see him also in the last season when he helped his team win the title.
Soon after Mindaugas Kuzminskas went to Vytautas Magnus University, Šiauliu University was stronger as Rokas Giedraitis joined and had 44 games in three seasons and in average he scored 14.6 points.
You could say that the beginning of the second decade in the 21st century was the best, in terms of quality, because besides Šiauliu University and Vytautas Magnus University two more teams had players that are now part of the national team.
Mykolo Romerio University was lead by Eimantas Bendžius, and in the season 2012/13 he had a monstrous season and had 28.3 points, and Arnas Butkevičius in two season he played he scored 16.6 points on average.
Player that is a on the official website of the Lithuanian university basketball league, but there are no information about his achievement and the name of the University he played for, is Jonas Valančiunas. But, even if we cut him from the list we get a really serious team.
We will see who will be part of the team that will play for the Lithuanian champions at the European Universities Games in Belgrade and we believe that other teams will have players that will make serious careers in the future.