March 26, 2013
Auburn basketball signee, 7-foot Benas Griciunas, scored a team-high 27 points on 5-of-6 three-point shooting to lead a National All-Star squad in a 119-109 loss to Team Memphis in the fourth annual Jack Jones Shootout at Memphis University School last
Friday. Griciunas also won the 3-point shooting contest prior to the game.
"It was a great game," said Griciunas. "I was real excited to go to a game like that in an all-star game. It was a great event where players could showcase themselves. The competition was really great. I just did what I do best, screen and block and got wide open shots and made them.
"They gave me the ball, and I made the shots. It was a really good experience. The players were really good, and the Memphis team was really good. The players in Memphis are really talented and are going to be great players in college."
In the 3-point contest that lasted three rounds, Griciunas made 14 treys the first round followed by 13 in the second round and 13 in the championship to defeat 6-foot-6 four-star Memphis signee, Nick King. Griciunas made all of his 3-pointers from the top of the key.
"It was a great contest," said Griciunas. "There were a lot of good shooters. I made more shots, and it was my day. We were able to shoot from our favorite spot."
Griciunas, a Silute, Lithuania, native, is in his third season playing at Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nev., where the team has 12 Div. I players on its roster. The lefthander had 17 points off the bench vs. Los Angeles Prep on November 9.
Findlay will close the season at the National High School Invitational in Washington, D.C., on April 4 where USA Today No. 1 ranked Findlay Prep is 34-0 and will face the nation's top teams including Oak Hill Academy and Montverde Academy.
"We are getting ready for the NHSI tournament in Washington D.C., and it is going to be exciting," said Griciunas.
Griciunas will then go home to play for the Lithuania Under-19 National Team June 27-July 7 in the Czech Republic and will be coming to Auburn to go to summer school and work out.
"I'm really excited to come to Auburn," said Griciunas. "I want to go there this summer and get better and help the team to reach our goals."