October 31, 2015 In late September John Carroll’s 6-foot-8 power forward Monty Urmilevicius visited Bryant University in Rhode Island, shortly after he committed to the Division I program. The Lithuanian national was seeing interest come in from a bevy of…
October 31, 2015
In late September John Carroll’s 6-foot-8 power forward Monty Urmilevicius visited Bryant University in Rhode Island, shortly after he committed to the Division I program.
The Lithuanian national was seeing interest come in from a bevy of other D1 programs; Davidson, Towson, and Fairfield to name a few. But fell in love with Bryant right during his visit.
“I was looking for a basketball program with coaches and players which takes it the most serious,” said Urmilevicius. “And I saw that Bryant is passionate about winning and getting better.”
The talented power forward spent his offseason playing with Baltimore Supreme and says he was able to boost his skills and confidence while playing with the renowned grassroots program.
“That was my first team this summer, it was very valuable to start AAU season early with this team and gain a lot of game experience,” he said. “I think I gained a lot of confidence playing with this team and it helped to put my skills in the court that I was working on after basketball season.”
With his season season left to still develop his game, Urmilevicius says he will continue to develop his body, and will work to extend his shooting range.
“I think I still need to gain more weight to be able to body college players, and adjust to extended college 3-point line,” said Urmilevicius, who is just weeks away from his senior season starting.
“I put in a lot of hours of work and I believe my role with John Carroll will grow a lot compared to before. My goal is to win all the tournaments we are in this season.”
May 6, 2015
Lithuanian national and PHM’s 52nd-ranked 2016 Mantvydas Urmilevicius is off the heels of a successful junior campaign with John Carroll where he helped his squad to a 27-9 record — and picked up some Division I attention in the process.
“There are many schools that have shown verbal interest in me such as James Madison University, Brown University, Towson University, Duquesne University, Fairfield University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Bryant University, Davidson University, and Purdue University,” said Urmilevicius, who says as of now the only interested school he’s visited is Towson.
Throughout the season Urmilevicius says his basketball IQ improved, most notably of the European influence, and he became a more versatile post.
“I think my strengths are playing at mid-range distance, and playing with a lot of combinations and movement like most European basketball,” said Urmilevicius
“As an individual, I improved my game under the basket, my passing ability, and making jump shots.”
During April the 6-foot-8 power forward is playing with the Lithuanian Elite team with other student-athletes from the country who are in the United States. He's currently playing with Baltimore Supreme.
While honing his skills this offseason, it’s his flexibility as a forward he’d like to see improve.
“In college, I am going to play in the small forward and power forward positions because I think my ability of shooting the ball can help me more on playing at small forward and create more mismatches at power forward positions.”