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Oh, Hello: 2015 MD SF Deividas Zemgulis Commits to Penn State

Penn State missed out on Marshall transfer Kareem Canty over the weekend but secured the commitment of a deadeye-shooting European import on Monday evening.


Deividas Zemgulis, Ladies and Gentlemen!

Hometown Loveville, MD (via Lithuania)
High School St. Mary's Ryken HS
Class 2015
Position SF
AAU n/a
Height 6'6"
Weight 220lbs

Starz 'n Sheetz

Rankings: Scout - 3* / ESPN, 247, Rivals - Unranked

Offers: No other offers, reported interest from George Mason, San Diego St. and Davidson


The Tale

It is my opinion that players who can shoot the basketball make for good basketball players, so it looks like Pat Chambers and Penn State got themselves a good player in class of 2015 small forward Deividas Zemgulis (my guess is that it's pronounced "day-VEE-das zem-GOO-liss," but I'm sure that's horribly incorrect. My Lithuanian is a bit rusty). Zemgulis, who visited State College in April for Blue-White weekend after receiving an offer in February, marks the first commit for newly-hired assistant Dwayne Anderson, who was brought on largely due to his ties to the D.C./Metro area. Anderson seems pleased to get the monkey off his back:

Needs more hashtags, IMO.

There's not much out there on Zemgulis, but what little twitter scouting I could find sounds very promising, especially having watched a team shoot so poorly in conference play for so long.

Zemgulis also brings some FIBA experience to State College, having played in the U16 European Championships for Lithuania last summer, where he averaged 5.0 points per game in 22.8 mpg. Deividas becomes the second member of Penn State's 2015 class, joining up with prized power forward Mike Watkins. And if you're one to believe in the powers of the crystal ball, the class may have their third addition sooner rather than later.

Welcome Deividas!

Scholarship Matrix

2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018
1 G - DJ Newbill^ F - Brandon Taylor G - Geno Thorpe C - Julian Moore^
2 G - John Johnson F - Donovon Jack C - Julian Moore^ F - Payton Banks^
3 F - Ross Travis C - Jordan Dickerson F - Payton Banks^ G - Isaiah Washington
4 F - Brandon Taylor G - Devin Foster G - Isaiah Washington G - Shep Garner
5 F - Donovon Jack G - Geno Thorpe G - Shep Garner F - Michael Watkins
6 C - Jordan Dickerson C - Julian Moore^ F - Michael Watkins F - Deividas Zemgulis
7 G - Devin Foster F - Payton Banks^ F - Deividas Zemgulis
8 G - Geno Thorpe G - Isaiah Washington
9 C -Julian Moore^ G - Shep Garner
10 F - Payton Banks^ F - Michael Watkins
11 G - Isaiah Washington F - Deividas Zemgulis
12 G - Shep Garner

Left 1 2 6 7
Senior Junior Sophomore Freshman

^Used a redshirt year