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UConn Lands 2018 Center Lukas Kisunas

Lukas Kisunas UConn Photo | Twitter @LKisunas

Lukas Kisunas, the 6-foot-10 center from Brewster (NH) Academy, announced his commitment to UConn on Monday via Twitter. He took an official visit to UConn last month (Sept. 25).

“Basically, it came down to the history of the school,” Kisunas told D1VISION on Monday. “They have a winning mentality. Coach [Kevin] Ollie and the staff have a vision for me and a vision for the team based on how the team plays.”

According to 247Sports, Kisunas is ranked No. 303 overall player in the Class of 2018 and the No. 8 player from the state of New Hampshire. He joins James Akinjo and Emmitt Matthews Jr. as the third commit in the Class of 2018.

“I feel like I’m gonna be very viable for pick-and-rolls and playing the two-man game,” said Kisunas. “I will also provide toughness for the team, with offensive rebounds, playing in the post, and just doing what a big does.”

Kisunas chose UConn over schools such as Illinois, Old Dominion, Purdue, Creighton, and Pittsburgh, among others. He also had interest from schools such as Dartmouth, Davidson, Maryland, and UMass, among others. In addition to his UConn official visit, Kisunas also took an official visit to Illinois last month (Sept. 29).

Following his official visit to UConn last month, there was a lot that appealed to Kisunas about the Huskies, as he said, “We really talked with the coaches about their vision for me. I really enjoyed the campus and the facilities. I was walking around campus and everywhere I looked, I imagined myself being there, growing there as a basketball player, athlete, and student.”

“Lukas is a tough, physical center who will provide an interior presence for UConn,” Brewster Academy head coach Jason Smith told D1VISION on Monday. “He is an elite level screener and possesses great footwork defending ball-screens. He’s a back to the basket player who’s able to score over both shoulders in the post.”

The Huskies are currently in the mix for 2018 combo guard Jalen Carey, who plans to announce his decision on October 11 between Syracuse and UConn.

“I’m excited to go to the next level,” said Kisunas. “Just making that step from prep school to college is something that I’m really looking forward to.”

With the season upcoming, Kisunas has made it a priority to improve his game, as he said, “I’m looking to expand my range and develop my shot on the perimeter. I want to expand my shot all the way to the three-point line if I have time to develop it.”

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