Just one day removed from landing JUCO PG Dayshawn Watkins, Leonard Hamilton added another player - his fourth - to Florida State's 2014 class. And this most recent commitment brings some international flavor; Norbertas Giga, a 6-10, 245-pound power forward, who hails from Lithuania - signed with the Seminoles yesterday.
Giga first came onto the scene during the summer of 2012, when he played for Lithuania's Under-17 team at the World Championships. During the tournament, which was won by an American team led by recent Duke commits Jahlil Okafor (Tournament MVP) and Tyus Jones, Giga averaged 5.6 points and 4.7 rebounds per game.
The recruitment of Giga picked up when he came stateside recently for his senior year of high school. He will play one year of prep basketball at Newark (N.J.) St Benedict's Preparatory School.
247Sports.com, who rates Giga as a three-star prospect and the No. 69 PF in his class, lists Maine as the only other school to offer the Lithuanian. Texas and Utah had both expressed interest, too, though.
Giga cited Hamilton and the coaching staff, along with the school's sports management program, as the reasons why he chose Florida State.
Michael Rogner of Tomahawk Nation contacted some Lithuanian sources with whom he first corresponded throughout the career of former FSU sharpshooter Deividas Dulkys. According to Rogner's contacts, Giga is very skilled, but really needs to work on being strong in the post.
This report seems to fit the script stated by his high school coach, Mark Taylor: "He will need to get a little stronger to be able to make an immediate impact in the ACC, but playing at St. Benedict’s this year will give him that opportunity to get better and better every day, and allow him to step in and not be intimidated with anything he will face at FSU."
According to what Taylor also added, it looks as though FSU is getting a guy that could develop into one of those invaluable stretch-fours: "Giga is a very versatile player who brings a lot to the table – a true European player who can handle to ball and hit the three if needed."
When he arrives in Tallahassee, Giga will become the fourth international player on FSU's roster - joining Michael Ojo (Nigeria), Xavier Rathan-Mayes (Canada), and Boris Bojanovsky (Slovak Republic).
For highlights of Giga competing in what looks to be a dunk contest (as some Eurostep tunes play in the background), check here: