Page 1 of 46 12311 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 20 of 914

Thread: Jonas Valančiūnas thread

  1. #1

    Default Jonas Valančiūnas thread

    After amazing performance with U18 NT and MVP title of All star game, Valančiūnas seems to be clearly the most potential prospect in Lithuania along with Donatas Motiejūnas. This season he will wear "Vilniaus Perlas" shirts and will play in supreme Lithuanian league LKL. Judging his potential, he'll be the main center of his team. IMHO, not a bad field for 17 years old player to progress. Let's keep an eye on this Lithuanian "D. Howard" of the future

    Jonas Valanciunas (2m09 PF/C Lithuania 1992)

    The most impressive player of these three big guys was maybe even Jonas Valanciunas. The long Lithuanian born player may have the biggest long term potential as he combines the skill set with a highly athletic body. Additionally, he showed some very nice progress since the last time I saw him, and that was back in May only.

    Not only that Valanciunas is very present in the paint, he is developing a very effective face-up game where he can go for the jump shot or for the drive. He displays very good speed on his drives and with his athleticism, he can pass his defenders combined with a good first step. A play that is still in my memory is how he posterized the French defense on a baseline drive going for a one handed lay-back dunk. His great wingspan helps him in those plays but thats not all.

    Valanciunas faces his defender nearly every time he gets the ball in the low post as his back to the basket game is not that polished right now. He uses a lot of head or shot fakes in these situations to see what the defender does and use it. He loves to drive baseline and score on layups or dunks. However, you could see him to go the other direction and scored on some floating hook shot. His jump shot looks still like a work in progress but he scored with extraordinary percentages both from 2pts and from the free-throw line. Here may be his biggest potential as he should be able to improve his shooting mechanics and develop a face-up game until the three point line.

    He can right now even knock down the jump shot out of the drive when coming from the high post or pass it out to the weak side for the three point shooters. Valanciunas goes very hard to the offensive glass where he uses his great touch to tip in a lot of opportunities. If he can grab the offensive board, he holds the ball very high and does not need to go down to get the necessary power to score the layup.

    On the defensive end, his wingspan helps him to be a huge shot blocker. He seems to have understood too that he can be a tremendous defender in that area and he blocks the ball so that he can recuperate the possession afterwards which is at least as important as the rejection itself. He is not afraid of contact and he even goes for blocking dunk attempts. His defensive rebounding can still be improved as he struggles sometimes to box out which is probably a combination of some concentration gaps and a still growing physical force.

    However, while Dejan Musli looks already like an experienced low post player that raises his level in the necessary moment (it was him in the end that had the Gold Medal), and Enes Kanter being at the beginning of developing a game next to his great physical abilities and scoring in the paint, Jonas Valanciunas may have the biggest potential as he combines the size, the shoot and the speed and right now only starting to beef up his athletic body.

    Stats: 19.3ppg (72.1% 2FG 79.4% FT), 10.6rpg, 2.6bpg
    http://www.europeanprospects.com


  2. #2
    Senior Member auris1's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Location
    London
    Posts
    3,219
    Country: Lithuania

    Default

    i hope he will add few more cm , otherwise...

  3. #3

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by auris1 View Post
    i hope he will add few more cm , otherwise...
    Otherwise what? He's 2.10 already Only D. Lavrinovič is taller in current NT.

  4. #4
    Senior Member LuDux's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Posts
    2,740

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Straight forward View Post
    Otherwise what? He's 2.10 already Only D. Lavrinovič is taller in current NT.
    211 according to other sources. Not that 2 cm matters at his height

  5. #5
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Posts
    2,146

    Default

    Very nice prospect .He needs to learn to pass the ball little bit more.
    UZEO SI TROFEJ MACVANE MACVANE MACVANE!!!

  6. #6

    Default

    Seems like Valančiūnas feels pretty comfortable at the LKL level as well. 20 points against Alytus in the last pre-season game. Some highlights of the game, Valančiūnas no. 6:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=prA3M...layer_embedded

  7. #7
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    London
    Posts
    836

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by LuDux View Post
    211 according to other sources. Not that 2 cm matters at his height
    Had seen some video on youtube, where 17 year old Ilgauskas claimed that he's 213 cm (221 now), so Valanciunas can still add a few cm.

  8. #8
    Senior Member auris1's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Location
    London
    Posts
    3,219
    Country: Lithuania

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by LuDux View Post
    Not that 2 cm matters at his height
    Are you serious?
    In professional sport you are talking about milliseconds and millimeters. When you say that 2 centimeters doesnt matter well, thats ignorance

  9. #9
    Senior Member wardjdim's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Posts
    2,926

    Default

    Here is the new golden boy
    Sexuality when one reaches their 30s is either mainstream or sick, but no matter what, it isn't pure

  10. #10
    Senior Member auris1's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Location
    London
    Posts
    3,219
    Country: Lithuania

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by wardjdim View Post
    Here is the new golden boy
    thank you wardjdim

  11. #11

    Default

    11 points, 10 rebounds, 4 blocks in the first LKL game of his career. And I would say he had pretty unlucky game.

  12. #12

    Default

    First really good test for Valanciunas against Zalgiris:

    20 points (7/13 2P, 6/8 FT), 6 rebounds, 2 blocks.

    Perlas is a great place for him to progress. He's too soft yet to play on the higher level, but his potential is very nice. He's a real thing.

  13. #13

    Default

    LKF cup: Perlas wins over Sakalai 89:62 and goes to the second round.

    Great night for Valančiūnas- 22points, 10 rebounds, 5 blocks, 3 steals, 37 ranking in 26 minutes.
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
    The flick from the future...

  14. #14
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Posts
    432

    Default

    Is he still in Lithuania? so does that mean he won't finally play in Hospitalet?

  15. #15
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    Vilnius
    Posts
    1,910
    Country: Lithuania

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by mbenga View Post
    Is he still in Lithuania? so does that mean he won't finally play in Hospitalet?
    First time hear about it...

  16. #16
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Posts
    432

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Dreamcatcher View Post
    First time hear about it...
    He's in the roster of Lietuvos Rytas.
    http://www.euroleague.net/events/nik...314/item#rytas

  17. #17

    Default

    There's no info so far. Maybe they flew today and Valančiūnas will play and maybe not because Perlas will have a game in Jan 5.
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
    The flick from the future...

  18. #18

    Default

    Can the same player play for more than one team? I see some names in that link you've given, that were in Zalgiris roster not that long ago in Rome. Or am I just not aware of something?.. :/
    Tomas Lekunas and Dovydas Redikas are the ones I can recall for sure off the top of my head.
    You can follow me on twitter @LithuaniaBasket

  19. #19

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Simonas123 View Post
    Can the same player play for more than one team? I see some names in that link you've given, that were in Zalgiris roster not that long ago in Rome. Or am I just not aware of something?.. :/
    Tomas Lekunas and Dovydas Redikas are the ones I can recall for sure off the top of my head.
    Redikas and Lekunas are not playing for Rytas team. Valanciunas is playing.

    PS: Rytas is playing against Unicaja and they have Sabonis in their roster
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
    The flick from the future...

  20. #20

    Default

    Nike international junior tournament: Rytas- Unicaja 58-60

    Valančiūnas dominated, but that wasn't enough:
    18 points, 24 rebounds, 8 blocks, 40 ranking points in 33 minutes.

    Judging from stats this Rytas team is the same as U18 this summer, only bad news from backcourt.
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
    The flick from the future...

Page 1 of 46 12311 ... LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •