A Longer Look At “Centred: The Jonas Valanciunas Story”

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One of the best parts of this job is working with any material that’s shot and produced by my colleagues Jeff Rocchi and Jeff Landicho.

If you follow @Raptors on Twitter, you probably noticed some re-tweets courtesy of Landicho (aka @NBAXL) from Lithuania recently, where the Jeffs were working on an new NBA TV Canada special taking a closer look at Raptors 2011 first-round pick Jonas Valanciunas.

From there, we received brief promos and most recently, a title, release date and your first look at a lengthy clip from the special above.

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Jonas Watch: Clowning Around…

Big thanks to @SMazalas who sent along more on the latest unique look for Raptors first-round pick Jonas Valanciunas pictured below, which he wore in support of Red Nose Day on a Lithuanian news broadcast.

“To be honest, I hadn’t heard about the Red Nose Day before, but I really liked the idea. It’s really nice to know that you can help the kids,” Valanciunas told LithuaniaBasketball.com. “It was fun. I’ll be back here in some twenty years.”

 

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A Unique Back-To-Back For Valanciunas

Jonas Watch continues with a weekend that’s featured more impressive play from the Raptors draft pick and a look at a different side of the 19-year-old.

Friday was all business, as Valanciunas led the way for Lietuvos Rytas with 18 points and seven rebounds in an 85-67 Lithuanian league win over Pieno zvaigzdes. May you geek out as much as I did at his ability to run the floor at the 1:50 mark of the highlights below.

The LKL then held its All-Star Day today (no lengthy break here), where Valanciunas captured ...

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Valanciunas Is “Young Men’s Player Of The Year”

The honours continue to pile up for Raptors 2011 first-round pick Jonas Valanciunas, who was named the 2011 FIBA Europe Young Men’s Player of the Year by FIBA Europe on Monday.

Valanciunas, 20,  came out on top in votes amongst an expert panel of voters to earn the award for the best European player aged 22 and under and finished second in a fan vote to earn the distinction.

It’s hard to disagree based on a calendar year that saw Valanciunas earn MVP honours and help propel Lithuania to gold at the ...

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Colangelo Talks Valanciunas

Jack Armstrong and I speak with Raptors president and general manager Bryan Colangelo about first-round pick Jonas Valanciunas during Friday’s Raptors-Wizards game.

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