Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Falcons Sign Latvian to MBB

So, a while ago I noted that BG had picked up a verbal from Mattiss Kulackovskis, a Latvian F who was playing Prep ball in Philly.  He's 6'8" and a late bloomer and this one could be a significant pick up for us.

Well, today he signed.  The BGSU release notes that he will have four years of eligibility.  He played two years in prep ball, so I am interpreting that to mean that he has used his redshirt year.  Anyway, the release notes the importance a player like this--who scores inside and out and can guard against 2-4s--would make in the MAC.  Huger waxes poetic when describing his "soft, feathery stroke."


This past season, while serving as a team captain, the Latvian averaged 18.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists for the Raiders. He also shot an impressive 40 percent from three-point range as a senior, while shooting 55 percent from the floor overall. In Kulackovskis' two seasons at Archbishop Ryan, the Raiders won 39 games, made two appearances in the Philadelphia Catholic League (PCL) semifinals, which are staged at the famous Palestra, while also making a run this past season to the PIAA Class 6A state semifinals.

Kulackovskis was named First Team All-PCL in 2016-17, and earned Second Team All-City honors, on top of being named to the All-Southeastern Pennsylvania Third Team. Archbishop Ryan finished the season with a 23-6 mark this season. In Kulackovskis' first season at Archbishop Ryan, the Raiders went 16-8.

So, right now, BG's team looks like this.  Players with * have not played any significant game time for the Falcons.

  1. Wiggins
  2. Caldwell
  3. Frye
  4. Turner*
  5. Lillard
  6. Uju*
  7. Fox
  8. Kulackovskis*
  9. Cummings*
  10. Gadson*
  11. Koch*
  12. Plowden*


Perry Boise said...

Article doesn't mention when he can enroll so I presume the fall. As previously discussed, he has a sweet outside shot, can play inside with a nice hook shot from either hand but I his lack of weight may keep him playing effectively that position. It would be nice to get him in early into a building program so that he can come in at a higher playing weight even if it is only 15 lbs.

Ken said...

Regarding eligibility, the article said - "Kulackovskis, a 6-foot-8, 210-pound forward from Saldus, Latvia, will enter the program and have four years of eligibility, beginning with the 2017-18 season"