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Preset signs pro deal


Former Montgomery County High School and William and Mary basketball standout Omar Prewitt has signed his first professional contract with BC Siauliai in the top professional basketball league in Lithuania.

Prewitt is thought to be the first basketball player from this county to sign a professional contract.

Also, his signing marks the 11th consecutive year that a player graduating from William and Mary has signed on with a professional team and gives Coach Tony Shaver a list of 15 players from the school that have moved to the next level since he has been head coach there.

Prewitt’s new team is located in the northern part of the country in the city of Siauliai, Lithuania’s fourth-largest city. They won the Baltic League title in 2014, 2015 and 2016 along with being a semifinalist in the Lithuanian League nine times and Cup semifinalists five times.

However the team struggled to a 6-30 record last season.

Prewitt graduated from William and Mary as part of the winningest class in program history, the team winning 77 games during his four years on the Williamsburg, Va. campus.

Prewitt started 93 games over his final three seasons and appeared in 126 games overall, which ranks fourth in school history.

In all, the MCHS product Prewitt finished among the Tribe’s career top 16 in 10 different categories, including fifth in scoring (1,831), 11th in assists (320) and 13th in rebounding (640).

He was also a three-time All-Colonial Athletic Association pick, a two-time NABC All-District selection and as a freshman was named the CAA Rookie of the Year.

During his senior campaign, Prewitt was selected as one of 30 national candidates for the Senior CLASS Award. In 2016-17, he was the only player in the CAA to rank among the top 10 in the league in scoring (eighth at 15.7), assists (ninth at 3.2) and rebounding (10th at 6.2).
He scored a season-high 30 points in the win over Charleston after pouring in 28 in a victory over UNCW.

As a high school player, Prewitt earned all-region and all-state honors while leading the Indians to only their second 10th Region championship in school history and the Indians reached the state semifinals during Prewitt’s senior season. He was a four-year starter.

Prewitt joins Adam Hess ‘04, Zeb Cope ‘04, Adam Payton ‘07, Laimis Kisielius ‘08, Alex Smith ‘09, David Schneider ‘10, Danny Sumner ‘10, Marcus Kitts ‘11, Quinn McDowell ‘12, Matt Rum ‘13, Brandon Britt ‘14, Marcus Thornton ‘15, Sean Sheldon ‘16 and Terry Tarpey ‘16 as players who signed professional contracts during Shaver’s tenure.

Prewitt is the second W&M player to sign in the Lithuanian LKL. He joins 2008 W&M graduate Laimis Kisielius who recently inked a two-year deal with Neptunas. It will be his 11th professional season and seventh in his home country of Lithuania.

Prewitt signed with an agent out of Florida after his senior season and has been conditioning and preparing for the last couple of months in anticipation of signing a professional deal.

Šiauliai is a city in northern Lithuania with a population of just over 100,000. The team plays its home games in 5,700-seat Sialuiai Arena.