Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Donatas Kupsas, the 6-foot-8, 215-pound stretch 4-man from Long Island Lutheran, is headed to Weber State University.
Kupsas also considered Hofstra and Fordham.
“When I went up there for an official visit, it was just like family,” he said in a phone interview. “It was like home back in Lithuania so I felt really comfortable being over there in the surroundings around those people and around those coaches. It was just feeling like home.”
Kupsas poured in 23 points as LuHi captured a 74-53 win over Sacred Heart in the Luhi/Gateway Initiative Invitational held at LuHi on Saturday. During the game, Kupsas rebounded and pushed the ball the length of the floor several times, looking to either find an open teammate or make an aggressive move to the basket. His ability to stretch the floor was also clearly evident as he knocked down three 3’s off of pick-and-pop scenarios which stifled the Sacred Heart defense, leaving them unsure of how to guard him.
He’s averaging 12 points and 7 rebounds a game while shooting 42 percent from beyond the arc.
“Donatas has truly been a joy to coach,” LuHi coach John Buck said. “He has an unwavering desire to improve and he has expanded his game to be a true stretch forward who can score inside and out.”
Kupsas said Weber State plans to play him as a stretch 4 but can also play him at the 3 when they go to a bigger lineup.
He said he strongly considered Hofstra and Fordham, but ultimately decided to head to Utah.
“When I went to Weber State on the first official visit, I liked it so much I thought I’m just going to just go to Weber State,” he said. “But when I went to Hofstra and Fordham official visits, it just equaled out. And those official visits made the decision so hard because all of the schools were so good and I had to put pros and cons together just to figure out what school am I going to. And it was a tough decision for me but I ended up going to Weber State because the most important thing for me is being comfortable there.”
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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.