Arizona forward Azuolas Tubelis will not play with the Lithuanian national team this summer so he can recover from a chronic wrist injury.
Lithuanian website Krepsinis reported that Tubelis told the Lithuanian Basketball Federation that he suffered from a chronic injury that may require surgery. Lithuanian journalist Marius Milasius of 15min tweeted that the injury was on Tubelis’ wrist.
It’s unclear whether Tubelis started suffering from wrist issues last season or if he got injured during off-season training in Tucson or Lithuania, where he is currently. An AU spokesman said he had no information to add beyond reports from Lithuania that surfaced on Monday morning.
Tubelis was due to play for Lithuania at the European U20 Championships this summer. But a Lithuanian basketball federation official told Krepsinis he decided the priority was on Tubelis’ recovery after a meeting with Tubelis, his mother, national team doctors and other officials. .
“It was concluded that the situation required an immediate solution,” said Mindaugas Balčiūnas, general secretary of the Lithuanian Basketball Federation, according to an English translation of Krepsinis’ story. Tubelis “is one of those key players who will hopefully be the main player for the men’s national team for the next ten years.”
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Tubelis helped Lithuania finish sixth at the U19 World Cup last summer in Latvia before becoming an all-Pac-12 first-team pick last season as a sophomore at UA.
Last season, Tubelis suffered a serious ankle injury on Jan. 20 at Stanford, then missed a game at Cal on Jan. 23 and was restricted against UCLA on Jan. 25.
Tubelis appeared to be back to full health in February, although he averaged just 19.7 minutes in the Wildcats’ three NCAA Tournament games and scored just two points in the game-ending loss. UA season on March 24 against Houston in the Sweet 16.
Brooks chooses Washington
Just after wrapping up its official recruiting visit to Arizona this weekend, Kentucky is moving committed Keion Brooks to Washington.
A starting forward last season who played three seasons at Kentucky, Brooks was believed to be leaning towards Washington, where he traveled last week before arriving in Tucson. Brooks announced her engagement on her Instagram page.
Brooks traveled to Arizona with five-star 2023 rookie Kwame Evans, who has since arranged an official visit to Auburn from June 13-15, according to On3.
The Wildcats and Huskies had plenty of opportunities to offer Brooks. Washington lost at least four starters last season (a fifth, Jamal Bey, did not say if he would return for a fifth season) while the Wildcats lost three starters to the NBA draft.
Arizona still has just nine players on its 2022-23 provisional roster and, among others, remains on the lookout for transfers such as Texas guard Courtney Ramey, Illinois forward Jacob Grandison and forward of WSU Efe Abogidi.
Boswell invited to USA Basketball U17 camp
Arizona entry Kylan Boswell is one of 35 players invited to compete for a spot on USA Basketball’s U17 World Cup team this summer.
USA Basketball will host an U17 training camp in Colorado Springs June 18-25, then take a 12-man squad to Malaga, Spain for the U17 World Cup July 2-10.
Boswell is one of 13 invited players for the Class of 2023 and could be among the best players on the team, but has been slowed by injury this spring. USA Basketball also invited 18 players from the Class of 2024 and four from the Class of 2025, including Gilbert Perry’s Koa Peat.
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