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Wednesday / June 19.
  • After Nearly Leaving Rutgers, Biruta Could Start

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    PISCATAWAY, N.J. — During the tumult that engulfed the Rutgers men’s basketball program last spring, Gilvydas Biruta nearly bailed on his commitment to the program.

    In the span of a few days in April, the team’s star shooting guard, Mike Rosario, announced he was transferring to Florida, and Fred Hill resigned as coach. Those developments, combined with the earlier departure of 6-9 forward Gregory Echenique, Biruta’s former teammate at St. Benedict’s Prep, put Biruta on the brink of leaving.

    “Then I was thinking about it but I decided to stay,” Biruta, a 6-foot-8, 230-pound freshman from Jonava, Lithuania, said Wednesday at Rutgers’ media day.

    Click here to read the full story at SNY.

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.

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