Memorial Day School's Players Make History with Scholarships in Georgia Basketball

By Special to Prep Sports Report | May 24, 2024

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(SAVANNAH, GA) For the first time in Memorial Day School basketball program history, two foreign exchange Matador basketball student-athletes signed a scholarship offer on the same day on May 23, 2024, to continue their education and basketball experience at the next level. That makes three exchange students in two years for the Matadors basketball program. The celebration took place in the MATADOME on the campus of Memorial Day School in front of teammates, coaches, friends, and family.

Matas Aidietas (Lithuania) committed to play at Abraham Baldwin (Tifton, GA.), while teammate Alex Halenar (Slovakia) committed to play at Coastal Georgia College in Brunswick, GA.

Picture (l-r): Matas Aidietas, Coach Dale Mock, Alex Halenar


Ironically, both teams will play each other while Brewton Parker is on their schedules next season. That is where former foreign exchange Matador teammate Zsolt Boros, who just completed his freshman season for the Barons.


The Signees Capsules:

Matas (Matt) Aidietis - 6-7, 215. PF. Lithuania. Class of 2024. 3.6 GPA. 2nd generation college prospect (dad played at Monmouth in the 90’s). Matas was selected for the 2024 SCCPSS All-Star Showcase Selection. 2024 GIAA Class A All-State Team. 2024 GIAA Region 6-A All-Star Team. 2024 GIAA Region 6-A Player of the Year. 2024 GIAA Senior All-Star Selection. 2023 GIAA Region 6-A All-Star Team. 2023 GIAA Class A All-State team while winning the 2023 Class A State Championship. Matt was among 19 Georgia seniors selected to attend the NCAA CBA in Memphis, TN, last summer. Averaged 16 points per game and 11 rebounds per game this season.


Alex Halenar - 6-7, 2G-SF. Slovakia. Class of 2024. 4.0 (US) GPA, 3.2 overall GPA. He was an “above the square” prospect in his first year at American HS. Scores inside and outside the arc. 2024 SCCPSS All-Star Showcase Selection. 2024 GIAA Class A All-State Nominee. 2024 GIAA Region 6-A All-Star Team. Averaged 15 ppg during the season.




Photo Credit: Memorial Day School

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