Overseas, Video / Jul 13, 2011 / 10:30 am

Real Basketball Highlights: Jonas Valanciunas Doin’ Work

While there hasn’t been much to get excited about since the NBA Draft in the United States, the same can’t be said for hoops in Latvia. At the FIBA Under-19 World Championships on Sunday, Raptors first-round pick Jonas Valanciunas absolutely dominated, dropping 36 points to go along with eight rebounds, three blocks and three steals to lead Lithuania to gold. For the tournament, Big V averaged 23.0 points, 13.9 rebounds and 3.2 blocks per game to go with 59 percent shooting from the field and 81.1 percent from the line. Thankfully someone put together a highlight mix set to the tune of J.Cole‘s “Return of Simba.” Enjoy!

What do you think? How good will he be?

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  • Sean Sweeney

    Return of Simba is the jam

  • http://www.dimemag.com Aron Phillips

    I would KILL to have this guy on the Celtics.

  • Kevin F.

    Anybody notice that they showed the score of every game except for his highlights against the USA b/c we won. haha. Wish we coulda pulled out the Gold metal tho, but tell this dude and his country to talk to us in a few years in the Olympics

  • mike

    was austin rivers on the usa squad?

  • earljay

    steal of the draft. 1 love t.o.

  • earljay

    @kevin f

    JV demolished USA the first game they played by 30pts USA won the 2nd by a basket. Plus JV won MVP at all levels of the tournament.

  • Stephon

    Hey Kevin F, Valanciunas demolished Patric Young in the 1st game, and even though the US won the second game, JV still put up 30 points, 15 rebounds and 5 blocks. Beast.

  • http://www.wtf.com Chicagorilla

    Ummm, Honestly I was more listening to J.Cole than I was watching those weak ass highlights. Seriously, the kid didn’t show me anything other than the step thru move across the lane with the hook or dunk. He has no hops, he’s not quick, he plays no defense, he hit like two jumpers and his form is bad, I just don’t see what you all are seeing. You guys must be Euros (except AP who is a pole jocker of any player lol). He did have a couple nice passes though and clearly he out hustled everybody.

  • Stephon

    Out-hustling everyone IS what he does. Most of his points aren’t pretty and it’s actually hard to put his game into a highlight reel because he shoots a lot of free throws. But that’s exactly what he brings. One of his last games in teh tournament, he had 26 pts and 24 rbs. Just all out hustle, playing physical, affecting shots, dominating the paint, not taking plays off and getting to the line. The intangibles that always translate to the NBA. Doesn’t really show in highlight reels but this kid really does show that there’s a difference between being a big man and playing like a big man. Still needs to gain 20 points in the next year, before he gets to the NBA, but the get is certified tough. Anti-“soft Euro” stereotype.

  • http://www.dimemag.com panchitoooo

    LOL@AP is a pole jocker

    btw i just got my 9.8s on Sunday, thanks alot AP for the hook up. they even came with a baller backpack and interchagable speed and comfort soles. got mine in black and blue with white upper lining and white shoe lace holes. i’ll post a pick once i get a chance. thanks again

  • Scott

    A young Pau???

  • beiber newz

    hehe…thinking thoughts in my head…i should let this guy know he made a mistake.

  • Mario

    This guy is a steal. Plus, very impressive too be exact. Too bad he won’t be in the NBA for 2 years for the Toronto just got to do the same like Minnesota did with Rubio. Wait…

  • http://dimemag.com Tdot

    You know, being from Toronto, i was pretty pissed when i saw who they drafted.

    Boy, did i get a slap in the face.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/Quiznakes K Dizzle

    Great pick for the Raps. Actually gonna benefit from the lockout. Dude can keep improving n pack on some weight…