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Raptors' Valanciunas named East's Rookie of the Month

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The Canadian Press
4/5/2013 8:37:25 PM
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TORONTO -- Toronto Raptors centre Jonas Valanciunas was named the NBA Eastern Conference rookie of the month on Friday.

Valanciunas averaged 11.4 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.07 blocks and 27.1 minutes in 15 games in March.

He shot .620 from the field and ranked first among Eastern Conference rookies in rebounds, blocks and field goal percentage. Valanciunas paced the team in scoring twice and on the glass five times.

The 20-year-old Lithuania was selected fifth overall by the Raptors in the 2011 draft. He is averaging 8.6 points, 6.1 rebounds, 1.19 blocks this season.

Valanciunas scored 16 of his career-high 24 points from the free-throw line April 3 against Washington. Over the last 42 seasons, San Antonio's David Robinson is the only other rookie centre to have made 16 free throws in a game.

Jonas Valanciunas (Photo: Ron Turenne/NBAE via Getty Images)

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(Photo: Ron Turenne/NBAE via Getty Images)
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