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Meet Tomas Balcetis
When Holderness School (Plymouth, N.H.) head coach Jamie Gallagher enjoyed a tremendous boost to his team in the 2003-04 season with the addition of Lithuanian import Martynas Pocius, the prep school educator asked his Euro-star if he knew of anybody else on the other side of the Pond who could help the Bulls. "I have a friend back home who would do well here," Pocius told his coach, thinking of his best friend in Vilnius. Pocius knew the query was not just about basketball, but also about academic abilities. The Holderness School is not like the prep school basketball factories you often hear about back East, with a number of qualifications that rebuff mercenary athletes and foreign imports: You cannot be a one-sport specialist, and instead must participate in a rotation of three different sports or major activities. Holderness does not accept post-grads. There is no ESL program to prop up someone with anything less than a stellar grasp on the English...
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