Lithuanian basketball schools are well known for producing talented shooters, but Rytas Vilnius's young center Martynas Echodas has been making his bread working exclusively inside the paint. This soon-to-be 23-year old with 2.04-meter frame has never attempted a three-point shot in EuroCup action, but has made plenty of baskets inside, establishing himself as one of the most efficient big men in the competition. Over the past three seasons, Echodas has averaged 9.1 points on 61.2% two-point shooting plus 5.0 rebounds and his performance last season earned him the Rising Star Trophy after he helped the team make the 7DAYS EuroCup Quarterfinals.
What makes Echodas successful is his determination to attack the glass and his high two-point shooting percentage is a result of his ability to play above the rim and finish with slam dunks, often of the highlight-reel kind. He uses his quickness to get to the rim and his constant presence on the offensive glass to get easy baskets, not only to amend his own missed shots, but to secure second chances after his teammates' misses. Echodas has a nice touch from close-range and scores on runners and little hook-shots in traffic. He is very hard to guard due to his ability to use pick and rolls and put himself in scoring position and on the receiving end of his teammate's passes.
Echodas went through the youth system of Zalgiris in his hometown, Kaunas, and dominated in youth categories before joining archrival Rytas in the summer of 2017. He wasted no time in finding a way to be effective under the rims among the big boys, too. He averaged 8.3 points and 4.5 rebounds in his first EuroCup season and proceeded to post even better numbers in each of the past two campaigns. Over his three seasons in the EuroCup, Echodas is fourth with 175 two-point shots made and his 61.2% accuracy ranks him fifth over that frame - and first among players with more than 160 attempts. Echodas also ranks third with 236 total rebounds over the last three seasons; no player has pulled down more offensive rebounds during that time than his 96. His career total of 428 points ranks just outside the top 10 over the past three seasons, too.