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St. Benedict's Post Players Heating Up

Just caught up with St. Benedict's Coach Dan Hurley to talk about his two junior post players, 6-10 John Paul Kambola and 6-8 Gilvydas Biruta, who are receiving college attention.

Biruta, a native of Lithuania, had bounced around Europe before coming to St. Benedict's this school year, Hurley said. The coach received a phone call from former Seton Hall teammate Arturas Karnivicius, alerting him to Biruta's ability and wanting to know if St. Benedict's would take him.

Biruta started the season's first 12 games before suffering a badly sprained ankle and then he had trouble cracking the playing rotation until Hurley dismissed star junior Tristan Thompson from the team in early February. He is being recruited mostly by schools in the Pac-10 and Big 12, Hurley said, with Colorado among the schools that have offered a scholarship. After his 13-point, 6-rebound effort, Hurley said he expects things to pick up for Biruta.

"A bunch of schools were tuning in to see him," Hurley said. "Whatever offers he had probably tripled today."

Kambola, meantime, has been lightly recruited after coming to St. Benedict's following two years at a Toronto high school. With Thompson now playing for Findlay Prep and starter Lamar Patterson in foul trouble, Kambola got more playing time than usual -- and took advantage, with 10 points and eight rebounds. He has been recruited by several schools in the Atlantic-10 thus far but is a "work in progress," Hurley said.

"He really hasn't practiced hard enough or played with enough ferocity to get in the rotation during the year," Hurley said. "WIth the foul trouble today, he had an opportunity to show himself."

By Josh Barr  | April 3, 2009; 6:26 PM ET
Categories:  Basketball  
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