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Old 08-17-2011, 03:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Valanciunas compared to Chris Bosh


Lithuanian center Jonas Valanciunas got defensive last Friday when asked if he would take English classes this coming season to prepare for his arrival to Toronto. Not a surprising reaction after the heat he took following his post-draft interview.

Just as his English, Valanciunas’ game is a work in progress. But at this point, the latter is way more advanced. Valanciunas comes off a terrific performance at the World Junior Championship, where he led the Lithuanian National Team to the gold medal and finished as the top scorer, rebounder and shot blocker in the tournament.
Darius Maskoliunas was Jonas Valanciunas' head coach at Lietuvos Rytas last season and recently shared some of his thoughts on Toronto's first round pick from the 2011 NBA Draft.

“He works hard in practice and never talks back,” Maskoliunas said. “He’s 100 percent concentrated. It was a pleasure to work with him."

“I see him as a Chris Bosh type,” Maskoliunas said. “He can play back to the basket, facing the basket… He has to take that mid-range shot. He can shoot it. But he can run, he can rebound, he even has a three-point shot."
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