Jim Parisi: Gilvydas, when do you get on the court in Italy?
Gilvydas Biruta: Vatican, practice and game on Wednesday this week.
Jim: This is the first competitive game as a Ram for you? Excited?
Gilvydas: After 15 months of waiting and getting a chance to play as a ram in my continent? I’m extra excited:)
Jim: You must thing the world of Coach to sit out a year. Very cool.
Gilvydas: The only reason i came to URI was the coach! Make it known please.
Jim: You seem to have a great team, good people and players both.
Gilvydas: Honestly, I’ve been around many teams in many countries. I have never been around such great group of guys. I can compare them to so many teams. I truly mean that this group of guys is the most special. There are none with ego. Everybody is selfless and cares about the common goal the most.
Jim: What is it like…to come to a country and have to learn the new culture..at the same time you were expected to play great bball…missing your family..was it hard?
Gilvydas: Before I came to the states I lived in Sweden and Spain so moving wasn’t as difficult because I’ve been moving my whole life. It was really difficult to get used to coach Hurley’s intensity. I was blessed to have him as a high school coach because, I got to get college type practices before I got to college.
College was easier than St. Benedicts, hands down.
Jim: Would you have followed Dan Hurley wherever he went?
Gilvydas: ANYWHERE. I missed his intensity and passion. To me he is the greatest coach at pushing people beyond what players think that they can do.
Jim: Tell me something people will be surprised to know about this team, and YOU.
Gilvydas: I cant say that we will surprise people because the hype about the program is huge and expectations are high. I know for sure that we are working as hard as anybody. I’m not the type of guy to promise something. I prefer doing it:)
Something surprising about me? 2Pac taught me English.
Jim: What?? Really??
Gilvydas: Really lol People think i picked up rap in the states but i actually been a fan of rap while in Lithuania.
Jim: So I’m guessing (and I will NOT post it) that you have a vid somewhere of YOU doing a Lithuanian Rap?
Gilvydas: No not a Lithuanian rap lol
More chance to find me rapping to some Tupac lol
Jim: who is the team’s best rapper?
Gilvydas: Biggie! Hands down lol
He listens Meek Mill. Representing Philly. Meek Mill is my favorite alive rapper so we can relate lol
Jim: Before I say goodnight…what did you work on while you sat out..what part of your game were you determined to get better at?
Gilvydas: I was determined to improve my leadership skills and become more inside out. Limit turnovers, shooting and ball handling
Jim: Goodnight Gil, enjoy Italy and thanks for your time.
Gilvydas: Thank you and good night.