As a Senior (2005-06):
Made his first start since the early season on Senior Day against Southern Miss (3/1) and played a season-high 32 minutes. Missed the UAB game (2/15) due to a sprained ankle. Had 47 points (21-of-36 on field goals) and 20 rebounds in the five games before a sprained ankle limited him to four minutes against UCF (2/11). Started the first three games of the year, but has come off the bench for the last 18. Collected 12 points, seven rebounds and three assists against SMU (2/1). Tallied a season-best 13 points on perfect 6-for-6 shooting in the win over Rice (1/28). Scored eight points against Houston (1/25). Played 18 minutes and led the Wave with 11 shots, finishing with five points and five boards, against Rice (1/14). Scored a then-season-high 12 points (including two dunks) to go with six rebounds and two assists against Savannah State (1/7). Played 15 minutes against Seton Hall (12/11), scoring three points with five boards. Snared seven rebounds in nine minutes against TCU (12/7). Solid effort in the UNO game (11/22) finishing with seven points and eight rebounds in 28 minutes of action.
As a Junior (2004-05):
Did not play in the last three games of the year. Played 13 minutes, his most in close to a month, against UAB (2/26), scoring three points with two rebounds. After not playing in two games, saw seven minutes of action against Charlotte (2/19), scoring three points with two rebounds. Tallied three points with seven rebounds against Southern Miss (1/22). Scored seven points with six rebounds and two blocks against TCU (1/12). Tallied nine boards against Alabama State (12/28). Collected 15 points and 11 boards to key the Wave's comeback effort against Princeton (12/27). Recorded 12 points and 11 rebounds against NC A&T (12/21). Snagged seven boards in the Prairie View game (11/27).
As a Sophomore (2003-04)
Tulane's fourth-leading scorer (9.3 ppg) and leading rebounder (7.2, 8th in C-USA). His six double-doubles passed the team-best from 2002-03 (four by Brandon Brown). Also had four games in which he finished with nine rebounds. Tallied 259 points and 193 rebounds after recording 35 and 14 as a freshman. Surpassed his freshman totals in scoring and rebounding in just four games. Returned to the starting lineup against UAB (2/25) and responded with 15 points and 11 rebounds to key the Wave victory. Hit the game-winning shot against TCU (2/14) with a half-hook-layup with 5.7 seconds to go. Finished with 10 points and four boards in the game. Big game against Houston (2/11), scoring 16 points with nine rebounds and a career-best four blocks. Came off the bench for a team-high 14 points and six rebounds in the win over USF (2/7). Posted a 14-point, 10-rebound performance against TCU (1/10) while matching his career-high with four assists and also blocking two shots. Led the Green Wave with 15 points, including a career-best three three-pointers, in the loss to #10 Cincinnati (1/7). Posted 10 points and nine boards against LSU (12/23) in a career-high 38 minutes. Recorded his fourth double-double of the year with 17 points and a career-best 14 rebounds against Southeastern La. (12/20) in a career-high 37 minutes. Notched a 10-point, 13-rebound performance against Northwestern State (12/9). Scored 12 points with eight boards against Rice (12/6). Second double-double of the year with 12 points and 11 boards against UNO (12/3). Scored 14 points with nine boards in the Pine Bluff win (11/29). Opened the season with an impressive performance against Southern (11/25), scoring 15 points with a career-high 12 rebounds for his first career double-double.
As a Freshman (2002-2003)
Played 17 minutes in the final two games of the regular season. Did not play in the first six games of the year due to NCAA rules regarding play with professional players in Lithuania. Tallied six points with three rebounds and his first career block in nine minutes against Memphis (1/7). Scored his first career points on a pair of first-half free throws against Savannah (12/20) and proceeded to explode for 18 points in the game. Saw his first career action against Kentucky (12/10), attempting two shots, including narrowly missing a dunk for his first career basket.
Played for the past two years for Coach Walt Westbrook at Tidewater Academy in Wakefield, Va. As a senior, averaged 22.1 points and 10.4 rebounds per game to go with three blocks and 2.5 assists, earning the Virginia Commonwealth Conference Player of the Year honor. Led Tidewater to back-to-back 20-win seasons, earning Independent School First Team All-State accolades as a junior and senior. Earned all-tournament honors after leading the Warriors to the state semifinals in 2002. Averaged 24.5 points and 12 rebounds per game as a junior. A two-time conference Most Valuable Player. Set a school record with a 48-point performance in February of his senior season.
Known as "Vy" (pronounced Vee) by coaches and teammates. A native of Kaunas, Lithuania. Born November 17, 1982 in Kaunas, Lithuania. The son of Eugenijus Tatarunas and Marija Tataruniene. His mother played professional volleyball in Russia and Lithuania, while his father was a member of the Lithuanian National Track and Field team. Majoring in the humanities.
Tatarunas' Career Stats