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Darius Songaila

Drafted #49 in the 2002 NBA Draft by the Celtics
RCSI: 58 (1998)
Height: 6'9" (206 cm)
Weight: 240 lbs (109 kg)
Age: 41
Position: PF
Jerseys: #0, #9, #25
High School: New Hampton School (New Hampshire)
Hometown: Marijampole, Lithuania
College: Wake Forest
Current Team: Zalgiris
Win - Loss: 5 - 6

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NBA Scouting Reports, Southeastern Division (Part 2)

Matt Kamalsky
Matt Kamalsky
Eric Weiss
Eric Weiss
May 09, 2008, 09:13 am
Overview: Songaila has established himself as a solid and versatile role player in the league, mainly thanks to his toughness and basketball IQ. He can operate as a face-up power forward and can be dangerous at times with his jump shot. Can also be tricky in the post, using shot-fakes and footwork to free himself for good looks at the basket. Gets used situationally against every frontcourt position.

Strengths: Songaila is most dangerous from the elbow to the baseline, 17 feet and in. He's developed a fairly reliable mid-range jumper and does not lose effectiveness when guarded, which speaks to his rhythm shooting tendencies. Songaila has solid footwork in the post and likes to face-up against opponents. He'll use spin moves and up-and-under tricks to get off difficult hook shots or bank shots off the glass, and is very crafty moving off the ball. Very good body control and good hands allows him to finish a lot of one-handed shots around the paint area. He's an excellent passer, which helps make up for his other shortcomings.

Defensively, Songaila makes a strong effort defending the 4. He's fairly strong at keeping his space and moving his feet to stay in front of drivers and uses his body to good effect when in the post. He's willing to throw his body around to draw charges or commit hard fouls.

Weaknesses: Songaila is a below average player offensively, not bringing much in the ways of versatility or efficiency on this end. A streaky set shooter at times, really relies on putting the ball on the floor to get a feel for the basket. Doesn't possess outstanding range either so his creativity on offense is limited primarily to within 17 feet of the basket, though he does hit a decent amount of catch-and-shoot opportunities around the FT line extended when moving into the shot. His lack of size and explosiveness gets exposed at times finishing at the rim, as he's susceptible to having his shot blocked. He rarely gets to the free throw line.

Defensively, Songaila is prone to excessive fouling. He's undersized, and doesn't have the athleticism to necessarily compensate for that. His limited perimeter foot speed forces him to rely on physical defense with his body and he is whistled frequently for contact fouls on drives. While he uses spacing well to protect on drives, he is a liability when defending a face-up opponent who forces him to play tight on the jumper. Songaila has to pick his battles on the defensive side of the ball, sticking to his strengths. He's not a great rebounder for his position.

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