Last year’s Evansville Purple Aces finished third in a loaded Missouri Valley Conference thanks to strong outside shooting and good perimeter defense.
But they were among the nation’s worst in rebounding margin and blocked shots, and—in large part because of these deficiencies in the paint—the Aces once again ended the season with an early exit in a third-tier postseason tournament (this time the CBI).
Enter Egidijus Mockevicius (ay-gih-DEE-yoose mox-KEV-ih-chuss), a twenty-year-old center on the Lithuanian under-20 national team that just won the European Championship.
Egidijus Mockevicius, the newest Evansville Purple Ace, celebrating an Under-20 European Championship. (Photo by G. Šiuparys)
Mockevicius arrived in Evansville this weekend and registered for classes. Pending an NCAA review, he’ll suit for the Aces in November. The NCAA must also decide how many years of eligibility the young Lithuanian will have. (He is transferring from the Lithuanian University of Educational Sci...