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Vytautas Tatarunas

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Kaunas, Lithuania

High School:
Tidewater Academy

Height / Weight:
6-6 / 237

Position:
Forward

Birthdate:
11/17/1982

Experience:
3L

Major:
Humanities

Vytautas Tatarunas

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.

Prep
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.

Personal
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

Year G-GS Min-Avg FG-A Pct. 3-A Pct. FT-A Pct. Reb Avg. PF-D Ast TO Blk Stl TP Avg.
2002-03 11-0 82-7.5 12-30 .400 5-10 .500 6-9 .667 8-6-14 1.3 13-0 3 5 1 2 35 3.2
2003-04 28-20 676-24.1 99-243 .407 24-75 .320 37-76 .487 68-133-201 7.2 76-3 34 52 17 13 259 9.3
2004-05 22-2 312-14.2 30-96 .313 9-35 .257 8-18 .444 32-54-86 3.9 33-0 11 25 10 5 77 3.5
Career 61-22 1070-14.2 141-369 .382 38-120 .317 51-103 .495 108-193-301 4.9 122-3 48 82 28 20 371 6.1

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