Speculations surrounding Nikolas Stauskas and Lithuanian national team were put to an end following Jonas Kazlauskas comments to the media. Stauskas, as his surname indicates, comes from a family which is of Lithuanian heritage.
The 20-year-old shooting guard from Michigan University has drawn the attention of Lithuanian media following his success in NCAA. A whole bunch of articles appeared in different outlets with basically one message – the question why Stauskas is not among potential candidates to join the Lithuanian national team, especially with the FIBA World Cup of Basketball around the corner.
Jonas Kazlauskas, head coach of Lithuanian national team, revealed that the Lithuanian Basketball Federation (LKF) got in touch with Stauskas’ family through the Lithuanian community in Canada.
While his parents were supportive towards the thought of their son representing the homeland of their ancestors, the player himself is fully committed to his home country of Canada.
Contrary to information available on the internet, Stauskas, himself does not hold Lithuanian citizenship. However, he would be eligible to receive it.
Should Stauskas decide to play to Europe, he will surely think seriously about getting a Lithuanian passport to make him an EU citizen, his father confirmed.
Nik Stauskas has declared himself available for this year’s NBA Draft and is expected to be selected in the late teens of the first round.