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Wolves retain Arnas’ services
ARNAS Kazlauskas has become the third Worcester Wolves star to commit himself to the team for another season.
The 36-year-old Lithuanian forward was a mainstay of the side last term as Wolves finished third in the British Basketball League and madethe semi-finals of the BBL Cup.
He joins American point guard Sherrad Prezzie-Blue and Spanish forward Carlos Fernandez in signing up for the 2012-13 campaign at the University of Worcester.
Director of basketball Paul James is also hoping to add shooting guard Tommy Freeman to that list, although forward Richie Gordon is expected to move to another club in Europe.
Kazlauskas, who stands at 6ft 9ins, averaged 11 points and five rebounds per game for Wolves, while also making nearly 40 per cent of his three-point shot attempts.
A fans favourite, he is keen to repeat the experience of combining his Wolves duties with studying at the university.
Head coach James said: “Arnas is part of the backbone of our team. He’s played at a high level in Europe and last year showed everyone that he can still play to a very good standard.
“He reads the game so well and alongside (Sherrad) Prezzie-Blue will provide leadership to our side.”
Kazlauskas added: “I made the decision to return because it is a great opportunity to study for my masters degree at the university and to play basketball at the same time.
“In addition, I enjoyed working with PJ and Worcester is a great city that I really want to come back to.”