55 - Gilvydas Biruta
Gilvydas Biruta
Height: 6-8
Weight: 245
Year: Jr.
Hometown: Jonava, Lithuania
High School: St. Benedict's Prep
Position: F
Last School: Rutgers

Biruta will sit out the 2012-13 season due to NCAA transfer regulations and will have two seasons of eligibility remaining beginning in 2013-14.

2011-12 (Sophomore):
Averaged 9.7 points and 5.3 rebounds - including 2.4 offensive boards  - per game this past season for Rutgers…Was the lone Scarlet Knights player to earn the start in all 32 games…Second on the team in both scoring and rebounding…Posted double-figures in 13 contests (including three of the last five) and grabbed double-digit boards in three contests…Named to the 2011 Cancun Challenge Riviera Division All-Tournament choice, averaging 12.5 points and 5.5 rebounds during the two games…Posted a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds - including nine offensive boards - at Providence…Registered a career night against No. 2 Syracuse, scoring 21 points on 9-of-14 shooting with seven rebounds in 30 minutes.

2010-11 (Freshman):
Was an Big East All-Rookie team selection after averaging 9.6 points and 5.6 boards per outing as a true freshman…Started 31 of 32 games, registering 9.6 points and 5.6 rebounds in 22.1 minutes per game...Finished second on the team in scoring and third in rebounding…Was first among all Big East freshmen in rebounding, field goal percentage and free throw percentage (.723)…Scored in double-figures in 19 of 32 contests, including seven of the last eight...Led Rutgers in boards in 11 games...Posted a career high 21 points at Providence, on 9-of-13 shooting, adding a team-high six boards…Notched his first collegiate double-double against Marist, with 15 points and 10 rebounds, adding a career-best four blocks…Spent the summer competing for the Lithuania Under 20 National Team at the 2011 FIBA European Championships in Bilbao, Spain…Excelled both on the court and in the classroom his first season, posting a 3.57 cumulative grade point average for the 2010-11 academic year to earn BIG EAST All-Academic honors.

At St. Benedict's Prep:
Played two seasons for Dan Hurley at St. Benedict's Prep in Newark…Was cited on the Honor Roll every semester at SBPS and graduated with a 3.6 cumulative grade point average...Averaged 15.0 points and 10.0 rebounds as a senior to help the Gray Bees to a 20-1 record and a No. 4 final ranking nationally from USA Today and ESPN/Rise...A Newark Star-Ledger First Team All-Prep selection rated as a four star selection by Tom Konchalski’s HSBI Report as a senior...Competed in the 2010 Jordan Brand Regional All-Star Game at Madison Square Garden, scoring 10 points and grabbing 14 rebounds to help the Suburban team to victory...Ranked as the No. 35 power forward nationally by ESPN.com...As a junior, helped the Gray Bees to a 24-3 record and a No. 7 national ranking in the final USA Today Super 25 Poll...On the international circuit, was named the FIBA U18 European Player of the Year in 2008...Played in nine games for the Lithuania U18 National Team at the European Championship in Metz, France in July 2009, shooting 59 percent overall, including 50 percent from behind the arc, to help the team to a 7-2 record at the Championship...Competed with the Lithuania U18 National Team at the 2008 European Championship in Greece and helped the squad to a silver medal finish...In 2007, led the Lithuanian U16 team in both scoring and rebounding to help the squad to a bronze medal in Greece.  

Personal:
Gilvydas Biruta was born October 10, 1991...Son of Jolanta Tolockaite and Arturas Biruta...Mother was a competitive cyclist and father was a competitive soccer player as a goalkeeper.