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BOWLING GREEN, Ohio – Last Friday (May 12), BGSUFalcons.com continued its Men's Basketball Future Falcon Friday series. Over the next two weeks, BGSUFalcons.com will finish taking a closer look at each of the five men's basketball signees. The Future Falcon Friday series, which began three weeks ago, will be posted each Friday, and will delve into each of the five future Falcons. All five signees will be freshmen on the 2017-18 team.
In the fourth edition of the series, Future Falcon Friday will focus on Matiss Kulackovskis. Kulackovskis is a 6-foot-8 forward from Saldus, Latvia. Kulackovskis spent his final two seasons of high school at Archbishop Ryan High School in Philadelphia.
In Kulackovskis' two seasons at Archbishop Ryan, the Raiders won 39 games, made two appearances in the Philadelphia Catholic League (PCL) semifinals, which are staged at the famous Palestra, while also making a run this past season to the PIAA Class 6A state semifinals.
"Matiss is a perfect fit for our style of play. From the first day he steps foot on campus, he will be one of the most skilled players on our roster. He has a unique combination of guard and big-men skills," said head coach Michael Huger
. "His ability to be a dead eye three-point shooter, drive to the basket, score in the post, finish with both hands and handle the basketball, will make him a huge offensive threat. Matiss is originally from Latvia, and played his final two seasons of high school basketball in Philadelphia. He is someone who flew under the radar, but saw his recruitment sky rocket during his senior season at Archbishop Ryan. Standing 6-foot-8, and having the ability to stretch the floor and score in bunches, will make him a focal point of every opponent's scouting report."
Kulackovskis was a team captain during his senior season, and for the year, averaged 17.2 points, 9.0 rebounds, and 3.1 assists. Known for his deadly three-point shooting, he shot 40 percent from downtown, and 55 percent from the field. Below is list of some of Kulackovskis' most-impressive final stat lines from his senior season.
Box Scores From Matiss Kulackovskis' Senior Season
31 PTS, 11 REBS (8 offensive), 4-5 3PT
30 PTS, 12 REBS, 5-8 3PT
28 PTS, 10 REBS, 7-10 3PT
25 PTS, 12 REBS, 3-7 3PT
25 PTS, 9 REBS, 5 BLKS, 5-8 3PT
23 PTS, 6 REBS, 9-11 FG, 4-5 3PT
22 PTS, 8 REBS, 4-7 3PT
"In Matiss, we are getting a young man who has the ability to develop into one of the better offensive weapons in the MAC," continued Huger. "There is no doubt that he will be a fan favorite at Bowling Green. Not only is Matiss a talented basketball player, but he is also a well-rounded student with terrific grades. Throughout his career, he will experience a lot of success on the court and in the classroom. We have a special talent coming to Bowling Green in Matiss, and we are lucky to call him a Falcon!"
After his senior year concluded, Kulackovskis picked up several honors. He was named to the Philadelphia Catholic League's First Team. He was also named Second Team All-City, and Third Team All-Southwestern Pennsylvania.
Kulackovskis joins fellow signees Nelly Cummings (Midland, Pa. / Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School), Joniya Gadson (Fort Lauderdale, Fla. / Dillard High School), Derek Koch (West Salem, Ohio / Northwestern High School) and Daeqwon Plowden (Philadelphia, Pa. / Mastery Charter North School).