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Standout Euro Domantas Sabonis signs with Gonzaga

The Gonzaga Bulldogs notched easily one of the most intriguing signings during college basketball’s early signing period on Thursday, as 6′-10″ Domantas Sabonis, who is currently playing for a professional team in Spain, signed a letter of intent for Gonzaga.

Sabonis is the son of long-time Portland Trail Blazers center Arvydas Sabonis, and still only 17 years old. At 210 pounds now, he’ll turn 18 in May.

Head coach Mark Few of Gonzaga said, regarding signing Sabonis:

Domas is a skilled basketball player who should have an immediate impact on our program. We’re excited to have the opportunity to allow him to continue his development as a basketball player while continuing his education.

Sabonis currently plays for Unicaja Málaga in Spain. He has also played in FIBA age group competition, most notably in the 2012 FIBA U-16 European tournament. During that event, Sabonis stood out for Lithuania, averaging 14 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists per game.

The regular signing period wasn’t expected to be the source of much excitement, but Sabonis certainly can be a player that college basketball fans know about, sooner rather than later.

About K.J. Hassenstab

K.J. Hassenstab is the publisher of the College Basketball Newcomers Guide book and He founded in 2009, and has contributed to SlamOnline, Dime Magazine's, and, along with other publications in the past. Hassenstab has covered grassroots, high school and basketball recruiting for over a decade. Follow on Twitter, @Hoopniks.

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