Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Martynas Arlauskas took to Instagram Friday afternoon, posting what looks like a farewell to the University and the basketball program ahead of what would be his senior season in Spokane:
“Big thank you to GU, the whole Zagnation, coaching staff, teammates, friends, and Spokane!” Arlauskas wrote.
The post is littered with loving messages from current and former Gonzaga players, a clear indication just how beloved he has been as a member of the basketball program these past three seasons.
Arlauskas came to Gonzaga with solid fanfare in 2019 as a highly-regarded international prospect out of Lithuania – the same country that produced Gonzaga legend and NBA All-Star Domantas Sabonis.
Unfortunately, Arlauskas’ career never got off the ground as he spent three seasons in a reserve role, predominantly playing in garbage time situations.
All told, Arlauskas appeared in 58 games for the Zags, averaging 3.9 minutes per contest and scoring 48 points while grabbing 39 rebounds and six steals. A severe roster crunch at the guard positions persisted throughout Arlauskas’ tenure in Spokane, but he chose to stay with the program for three seasons – maintaining a very close friendship with the guys on the team.
His relationship with Drew Timme was a special one. It involved a very specific pregame ritual where the two would trade off shooting half court shots until someone sunk one and the two would sprint off the court into the locker rooms.
It’s unclear what is next for Arlauskas, basketball-wise or not, but he should be celebrated for his energy and camaraderie as a member of three of Gonzaga’s most successful basketball teams in school history.
Andy hosts the Locked on Zags and Locked on College Basketball podcasts, and serves Locked On in a marketing/digital content creator role as well. He lives just outside Portland with his wife Jenna and dog, Tillie.