Lietuvos Rytas holds on to Kavaliauskas

Jun 18, 2015 by Eurocupbasketball.com Print
Lietuvos Rytas holds on to Kavaliauskas
One of the best centers in the Eurocup last season is set to keep playing the competition, as Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius announced a multi-year deal with Antanas Kavaliauskas on Thursday. Kavaliauskas (2.09 meters, 30 years old) averaged 11.2 points on 68.9% two-point shots and 4.6 rebounds in 18 Eurocup games last season, helping Lietuvos Rytas reach the elimination series and the Lithuanian League finals. Born in Vilnius, Kavaliauskas was a ballboy for Lietuvos Rytas as a kid but moved to the United States to finish his college career at Texas A&M University. He started his professional career with Greek side Panionios Athens and also played for Kavala in Greece, Pepsi JuveCaserta and Prima Veroli in Italy, VEF Riga in Latvia and Bilbao Basket in Spain. He helped VEF lift back-to-back Latvian League trophies in 2012 and 2013. Kavaliauskas also led Veroli to win the Italian second division cup in 2011 and has been a member of the Lithuanian national team. "Antanas was our cornerstone player last season and keeping him gives us high hopes for the future," general manager Martynas Purlys said. "His experience, professionalism, fighting spirit, efficiency and skills are first rate. With such a great basketball player on our team, we can achieve very ambitious goals."