CORRECTION (late Monday night): Program spokesman Nick Brilowski tells me that Ivanauskas will not be playing in the U-19 World Championship in Cairo, but actually the U-20 European Championship in Greece. This event will be held from July 15-23.
ORIGINAL STORY: Northwestern forward Rapolas Ivanauskas has been named to Lithuania’s 17-man roster for the 2017 FIBA U-19 World Championship, ESPN’s Fran Fraschilla announced on Twitter Monday afternoon.
.@NUMensBball'a Rapolas Ivanauskas has been named to Lithuania's 17-man Under-19 World Championship roster. Shoulder injury ruined frosh yr.— Fran Fraschilla (@franfraschilla) May 22, 2017
As Fraschilla mentions, Ivanauskas missed the 2016-17 season with a shoulder injury after coming to Northwestern as the top recruit in a 2016 class that also featured Barret Benson and Isiah Brown.
This year’s U-19 World Championship will be held in Cairo, Egypt, from July 1-9. Lithuania will be joined in Group B by host nation Egypt, Germany, and Puerto Rico.
Lithuania has had some solid success in the event this century. It finished third in 2013, won in 2011 with current Toronto Raptor Jonas Valanciunas leading the way, and placed second in 2003.
For Ivanauskas, this will undoubtedly be a great opportunity to face elite competition and prepare for his college basketball debut season. It’s unclear what role Ivanauskas will play for Northwestern this season, but the long, athletic wing is an enticing prospect who can only benefit from high-level game experience this summer.