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Layer Signs Gielo to National Letter of Intent
Liberty men's basketball head coach Dale Layer has announced that Tomasz Gielo has signed a national letter of intent to attend Liberty University for the 2011-12 academic year.
"Due to his tremendous work ethic and skill development, Tomasz has the ability to step in and help us right away," Layer stated. "His size, athletic ability and skill set give him a chance to play two or three positions."
Gielo, a 6-8 forward from Szczecin, Poland, recently completed his senior season at SMS Cetniewo Sports Academy, averaging 13.0 points, 8.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game. Last season, Gielo was a member of the U-17 Polish national team, competing in the FIBA 2010 U-17 World Championships in Hamburg, Germany. Gielo concluded the tournament as Poland's third leading scorer with 13.8 points per game. He was also second on the team in rebounding with 6.6 boards per game, dished out 2.4 assists and posted 1.4 blocks per contest.
Although Poland finished second to the United States in the World Championship finals, Gielo put on a show, scoring a team-high 21 points on 9-for-15 shooting against an American squad that included prospects committed to Florida, Kentucky and North Carolina. In addition to his point total, the Polish player also chipped in five rebounds during the contest.
Gielo was also a member of U-18 Polish National team during FIBA 2010 U-18 European Championships in Vilnius, Lithuania. As Poland's second leading scorer during the tournament, he averaged 11.7 points per game and shot 58.5 percent from the floor, including 42.9 percent from three-point range.
Prior to his performance at the World Championships last summer, Gielo was ranked as one of the top 25 Players in Europe. This year, he has been selected once again to play on the U-18 Polish National Team, which will participate in the European Championships in Wroclaw, Poland. Gielo will also suit up for the U-19 Polish National Team that will play in the World Championships in Riga, Latvia.
"[Tomasz] has size, range and ball-handling ability, with each quality allowing him to help him contribute in different ways," Layer added. "He is a terrific young man and a great student. We are looking forward to welcoming him to our program when he gets here this summer."
Gielo is the third player to sign with Liberty for the upcoming academic year, joining recent signee Tavares Speaks and Andrew Smith, who signed during the early period in November.