Charlotte Men's Basketball BIO
Benas Griciunas
Player Profile:
Benas Griciunas 1881186
Position: Center
Height: 7'0"
Weight: 233
Year: Redshirt Junior
Hometown: Silute, Lithuania
High School: Findlay Prep
Other College: Auburn University
Experience: 1 Letter

The summer of 2014, he played for the Lithuanian U-20 National Team. Joins Jermain Parker (1992-95), Alexander Kuehl (1996-97), Wade Helliwell (2000), Martin Iti (2004-05) and current teammate Lukas Bergang as the only seven-footers to ever play for the 49ers.

At Charlotte: 2015-16 - Appeared in 28 games for the 49ers ... Recorded three double digit scoring games.. Started his first game as a Niner in the 49ers season opener against Elon (November 13)...Recorded his first career double-figure scoring game with 10 points (November 19)...In the first half of the Furman game, he grabbed a defensive rebound and dribbled the ball coast-to-coast for a dunk...Recorded his second career double-figure scoring game with 11 points (all in the second half) while connecting on his first career three-point field goal at #21 Miami (December 5)...Recorded his first career double-figure rebounds game with 12 boards (6 off., 6 def.) against Campbell (December 9)...Recorded his third career double-figure scoring game with a season-high 14 points (including two three-point field goals) at Appalachian State (December 19)...Solid game off the bench with eight points (4-for-6 from the field) and six rebounds against Citadel (December 29)...Gave the 49ers quality minutes off the bench while scoring six points at FIU (January 28)...Scored six points with six rebounds off the bench at North Carolina A&T (February 3)...Came off the bench and scored nine points (including connecting on the 49ers school-record tying 17th three-point field goal) with two steals against Rice (February 11)...His stick back dunk in the final minute put the 49ers over the 100 point mark against North Texas (February 13), he scored nine points and grabbed four rebounds with two assists in the game...Tied his season-high when he made both of his three-point field goal attempts at WKU (February 20).

2014-15 - Sat out the season due to NCAA Transfer rules.

At Auburn: Saw action in the first 12 games with one start against Illinois, December 8, 2013, and then he missed the rest of the season due to an injury. Averaged 2.0 points and 1.8 rebounds per game. Scored a season-high eight points and grabbed three rebounds against Jacksonville State, November 11, 2013. Grabbed a season-high five rebounds against Arkansas Pine Bluff, December 30, 2013.

At Findlay Prep: Played three years of high school basketball at national prep power Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nevada. A three-star prospect. Played for the Lithuanian U-18 and U-19 national teams. In spring 2013, he scored a team-high 27 points on 5-of-6 three-point shooting to lead a National All-Star squad in a 119-109 loss to Team Memphis in the fourth annual Jack Jones Shootout in Memphis. Won the three-point shooting contest prior to the All-Star game. In the 3-point contest that lasted three rounds, he made 14 treys in the first round followed by 13 in the second round and 13 in the championship to defeat 6-foot-6, Nick King, who plays at the University of Memphis.

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