Experts on Jonas Valanciunas

You know what? Jonas Valanciunas is kind of amazing – 26 points and 11 rebounds in his first game representing Lithuania internationally at senior level. Below are a couple comments from some Lithuanian basketball experts.

Steponas Kairys (basketball agent): “He’s a player of a special talent, but there are some worrying things. First of all, I don’t understand why coaches that are working with him haven’t taught Jonas to use his body in the post. He does everything else very well, but just doesn’t have the know-how of using his body to fight for position in the paint – both offensively and defensively. I can’t get my head round why a player of such talent hasn’t been taught this.”

Sergejus Jovaisa (ex-player, coach): “Let’s just wish he keeps playing like this. He has played a single good game so far and not against the best opponent. That doesn’t take anything away from Valanciunas’ performance. I think Valanciunas should make the final roster [for EuroBasket]. If he wouldn’t, the whole Lithuania would rebel against [coach] Kemzura. Wherever one looks, Valanciunas looks great. He should find a spot in this team.”

Experts on Jonas Valanciunas

Become a volunteer at EuroBasket 2011

Do you love basketball? Would you love to see EuroBasket 2011 in Lithuania from up close and witness history as it is being made by Europe’s greatest basketball players? All of that is within a hand’s reach, as all you need to do is to register to become a volunteer for the biggest ever sports event to be held in Lithuania.

The estimated number of volunteers is around 2000 and you can be one of them. Everyone, willing to become a volunteer at EuroBasket 2011, has to fill out a form, available at from January 25 until March 25, 2011. A special commission will approve the best of the applicants, which will be chosen to help out in the tournament.

  • First Round cities (Alytus, Siauliai, Panevezys, Klaipeda) will require about 250 volunteers each;
  • The Second Round in Vilnius will require about 350 volunteers;
  • The Final Round in Kaunas will require about 450 volunteers.

If you have any questions about volunteering at EuroBasket 2011, you can the basic information on and if you need further information feel free to contact Ignas Dirma, the LOC Volunteer manager at

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Become a volunteer at EuroBasket 2011