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Valanciunas living up to all the hype

Lithuanian center is averaging more than 10 points through seven games at EuroBasket

Originally Published: September 12, 2011
By Mark Woods | Special to ESPN.com

VILNIUS, Lithuania -- How many of the presumed NBA rookie class of 2012 already have a 100-foot tall Nike billboard adorning the side of a building in their hometown? No hard and fast research is available, but likely no more than one.

How many of next year's NBA arrivals have a song written about them that is capable of getting 11,000 Lithuanians chanting in unison? We can say with more certainty that Jonas Valanciunas probably stands alone here as the subject of a hip-hop mix ...

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