Weber State basketball recruiting: New York prep Donatas Kupsas commits to WSU

Monday , January 08, 2018 - 7:00 PM

BRETT HEIN, Standard-Examiner Staff

Weber State men’s basketball gained a late addition to its 2018 recruiting class Monday when New York prep Donatas Kupsas announced his commitment to the Wildcats.

Kupsas, a 6-foot-8 forward from Long Island Lutheran High School, made his announcement Monday night on Twitter.

Kupsas was choosing between Weber State, Hofstra and Fordham, according to the Twitter account for his high school team. He also held an offer from Ole Miss and a slew of mid-major schools — including Iona, Richmond, Davidson, Vermont and UC Santa Barbara — according to recruiting site VerbalCommits.

In a recent game observed by recruiting reporter Justin Bennett, 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 3s off of pick-and-pop scenarios.”

He also told a reporter, “The team and coaches come first” in his college decision. “It comes down to if they are willing to put in the work with me.”

Kupsas is a native of Lithuania and played for his country’s U19 team in the World Championships. According to his bio on RealGM, a site that houses a database of international players, Kupsas will enter his freshman year at the age of 20.

He joins shooting guard Israel Barnes (Wichita, Kansas) in the 2018 class, plus point guard Spencer Johnson (American Fork, Utah) and big man Tim Fuller (Glendale, Arizona), who both return from missions this year.

Below are some highlights of Kupsas’ play:

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