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Duke Men's Basketball BIO
5 Martynas Pocius

Career Notes

  • An athletic wing with the ability to drive to the basket
  • Has the tools and experience to be an effective scorer
  • Spent the summer of 2008 competing for a spot on the Lithuanian national team ... gained valuable competition experience training with the national team
  • Has missed significant time during his career, including all but four games of the 2007-08 season, with a series of ankle injuries
  • Active in Duke’s award-winning Verizon Read with the Blue Devils, a community outreach reading program in the Durham school district
  • Also active at the Duke Children’s Hospital and participated in the school’s Junior Blue Devil Club Day presented to kids between the ages of 1-16

2007-08

  • Had season-ending surgery on his left ankle January 8
  • Played in four of Duke’s first six games, averaging 4.0 points and 2.3 rebounds in 8.0 minutes per game
  • Shot .385 from the field (5-of-13), .250 from three-point range (2-of-8) and 1.000 from the free throw line (4-of-4)
  • Played three minutes with two rebounds and an assist before suffering a season-ending left ankle injury against Eastern Kentucky (11/25)
  • Scored 10 points on 3-of-5 shooting in the season opener against N.C. Central (11/9) ... also set a career high with four rebounds in the N.C. Central game

2006-07

  • Saw action in 27 games, averaging 1.9 points and 0.6 rebounds
  • Shot .432 from the field (19-of-44), .308 from three-point range (8-of-26) and .857 from the free throw line (6-of-7)
  • Played 7.1 minutes per game, while battling through an ankle injury throughout the year ... missed four contests with the injury
  • The first player off the Duke bench three times
  • Scored a career-high 14 points on a perfect shooting night, connecting on 5-of-5 field goal attempts, including 2-of-2 three-pointers, and 2-of-2 foul shots against N.C. State (3/8) in the opening round of the ACC Tournament
  • Scored three points to go along with one rebound against Georgia Tech (2/18)
  • Had two points, two rebounds and two assists against Maryland (2/11)
  • Scored four points, grabbed three rebounds and had one assist against Boston College (1/28)
  • Posted six points, two rebounds and an assist against San Jose State (12/31)
  • Connected on 2-of-3 three-point attempts for six points to go along with one rebound and one steal against Georgetown (12/2)
  • Scored three points and grabbed two rebounds against Davidson (11/25)
  • Registered nine points on 3-of-6 shooting from the field, including 2-of-5 from beyond the three-point arc and 1-of-2 from the free throw line to go along with one rebound against Columbia (11/12) in the first round of the CBE Classic

2005-06

  • Saw action in 28 games, averaging 6.1 minutes per contest
  • Averaged 1.5 points and 0.3 rebounds
  • Shot .485 from the field (16-of-33), .313 from three-point range (5-of-16) and .625 from the free throw line (5-of-8)
  • Drew four charges on defense, matching the fifth-highest total on the team
  • Had one double-figure scoring game, netting 10 points vs. UNC Greensboro (12/31) ... knocked down 3-of-5 three-point attempts against the Spartans
  • Dished out three assists against Bucknell (1/2)
  • Recorded his first two collegiate rebounds and scored four points against Valparaiso (12/18)
  • Tallied five points on 2-of-3 shooting with one assist in 10 minutes against No. 2 Texas (12/10)
  • Scored four points on 2-of-4 shooting off the bench against Virginia Tech (12/4) in the conference opener
  • Came off the bench to score seven points on 3-of-4 shooting to go along with an assist and a steal in 13 minutes against Drexel in the semifinals of the NIT Season Tip-Off (11/23)
  • Tallied four points with four assists and a steal in the second round of the NIT Season Tip-Off against Seton Hall (11/16)

High School

  • Played the last two seasons at the Holderness School in Plymouth, N.H.
  • Led Holderness to back-to-back New England Prep School Class C titles
  • Averaged 18 points, five rebounds and three assists per game as a senior to lead the team to a 19-10 record
  • Posted averages of 18 points and 4.5 rebounds per game while leading Holderness to a 17-7 record and its first state championship in 2004
  • Ranked 40th overall and 12th among shooting guards by Rivals.com
  • Rated as the 55th-top prospect (16th among shooting guards) by    Scout.com

International Basketball

  • Averaged 20.0 points per game while shooting 55.4 percent (62-of-112) from the field to guide Lithuania to a 3-5 record and a seventh-place finish at the 2006 Ostchem Under-20 European Championship
  • Finished third in scoring and field goal percentage at the event, while also ranking in the top 10 in free throw percentage (8th, .788) and field goals made (2nd, 62)
  • Reached double-figures in scoring in all eight games, including a 34-point effort on 12-of-19 shooting in a 100-94 double-overtime loss to Slovenia ... also scored 32 points in a 98-86 win over Bulgaria
  • Named to the World Select team for the 2005 Nike Hoops Summit
  • Led the World Team with 20 points and had four rebounds in a 106-98 loss to the USA at the Eighth Annual Nike Hoops Summit
  • Was among the top players at the 2004 European U-18 Championships, averaging 18.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game, while shooting 43.0 percent from the three-point arc ... made at least two three-point field goals in all seven games played

Personal

  • Born Martynas Pocius on April 28, 1986, in Vilnius, Lithuania
  • Father, Gintaras, is a basketball coach
  • Mother, Jurate Pociene, is a physical education teacher
  • Enjoys music, video games, tennis and soccer
  • Majoring in international comparative studies
Position: Guard
Height: 6'5"
Weight: 190
Year: Junior
City/State: Vilnius, Lithuania
High School: Holderness School [N.H.]
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