Valdas Vasylius, 27, a former Old Dominion blue-collar basketball standout, produced a successful 2011-12 pro season in his native Lithuania.
According to Eurobasket.com, in 29 games, the 6-foot-8, 198-pound forward averaged 12.1 points, 4.9 rebounds, 1.3 assists and one steal per contest for the Siauliai team, which took third place in a 12-team league. He shot 52.3 percent from 2-point range, 34.4 percent from 3-point range and 79.2 percent from the free-throw line.
In 21 Baltic League games, he averaged 13.7 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 21 minutes. In those games, he hit 71 percent of his shots from inside the arc, though just 20 percent outside it, and sank 75.5 percent of his free throws.
Vasylius was named to Eurobasket.com's all-league second team, which -- incredibly -- included four players with ties to Virginia. That second team also included Vasylius' Siauliai teammate Cam Long, a guard from George Mason who was named the Import Player of the Year; point guard Tyrese Rice, a former L.C. Bird High and Boston College star who played for Lietuvos Rytas, the team that eliminated Siauliai in a league semifinal series; and former U.Va. post player Laurynas (Lars) Mikalauskas of the Neptunas team, who led the league with 18 points per game. (The all-league first team included four players who combined for 23 Lithuania points in their country's 99-94 Olympic loss to the United States.)
Vasylius has played for three Lithuanian pro teams, as well as squads in Russia, Greece and Poland. He speaks several languages.
At ODU, Vasylius began in a reserve role but earned first-team All-Colonial Athletic Association honors in his final season, when he averaged 15.6 points and 6.1 rebounds. In four years, he averaged 10.3 ppg and 4.5 rpg, shooting 48 percent from the field and 68 percent from the line.
As a sophomore and senior, he helped the Monarchs achieve NCAA bids. Vasylius came to ODU from Norfolk Collegiate, where he averaged 19.6 points and 12.2 rebounds as a junior, then 24 points and 11.5 rebounds as a senior. He holds a degree in international business.
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