Source – Lithuania’s Kaspars Jakucionis commits to Illinois

Top international basketball player Kaspars Jakusionis, a potential first-round pick in the 2025 NBA Draft, has committed to Illinois, a source told ESPN on Tuesday.

The 6-foot-6-inch point guard from Lithuania is considered one of the most promising international players heading to college in the Class of 2024.

Jakucionis was one of the youngest players to play for European powerhouse Barcelona when he made his ACB debut at age 16, and he recently made his EuroLeague debut in January. He led the prestigious adidas Next Generation Tournament this season with 9.0 assists per game, being named MVP of ANGT Belgrade.

Jacusionis was selected to the All-Star team at the NBA’s Basketball Without Borders camp in January and was then invited to the Nike Hoop Summit World Team in Portland in April. He averaged 17.7 points, 6 rebounds, 5.2 assists in 24 minutes in 34 games across multiple competitions this season, shooting 37% from 3-point range.

He is expected to play a key role in the Illinois backcourt alongside Arizona transfer Kylen Boswell, as well as returning guards Drew Gibbs-Lawhorn and Ty Rodgers. The Illini have also added Louisville wing transfer Trey White, Mercer wing transfer Jake Davis, Notre Dame forward Kerry Booth, Evansville stretch big man Ben Humerichs and a pair of highly regarded freshman centers in Morez Johnson and Tomislav Ivcic.

A number of top international prospects are expected to announce their commitment to some of college basketball’s top programs, as the proliferation of NIL agreements in recent years has made the NCAA a much more attractive route.

Jonathan Givony is an NBA draft expert and the founder and co-owner of DraftExpress.com, a private scouting and analysis service used by NBA, NCAA and international teams.

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