Stansberry signs

The drama — if there was any — over whether Eddie Stansberry would follow up on his verbal commitment and sign with the Hawaii basketball team is officially over.

Stansberry put pen to paper on Monday in a ceremony at City College of San Francisco.

That’s Stansberry on the left.

Here’s what UH coach Eran Ganot said about him in a statement today: “We’re extremely excited to welcome Eddie to our basketball ohana. Eddie’s an elite shooter, talented scorer, and a fierce competitor who comes from one of the best junior college programs in California. With his work ethic, character and winning pedigree we expect him to represent Hawaii basketball at the highest level.”

Now, the hope for Hawaii fans becomes whether Stansberry can deliver as the knock-down perimeter shooter he was billed as coming off his efficient sophomore season at CCSF (42.8 percent on 3s, 104 3s made in 34 games).

For basic comparison — and keep in mind, JUCO stats tend to be inflated — UH’s top shooter, at least in volume, in 30 games 2017-18 was forward Jack Purchase, who hit 50 after nailing 72 the season before.

UH downright struggled shooting the long ball for stretches of the 2017-18 season. The Rainbow Warriors came out of the gate in the mid-20s and were able to raise that up to 33 percent by the end of the season, but that still only rated eighth in the nine-team Big West. That was despite Brocke Stepteau shooting 44.4 percent on 3s, which rated as the third-most-efficient full season in UH history.

If Stansberry can supply somewhere in the realm of 50 3s next season — using the unofficial, occasionally accurate formula of halving production by incoming JUCO players in their first D-I season — that would be a boon for the ‘Bows, in conjunction with what’d you expect would be a more prolific senior year by Purchase, and supporting efforts from Sheriff Drammeh, Stepteau and Drew Buggs.

COMMENTS

  1. Justin Baptiz April 17, 2018 12:33 am

    Excited for next season! Go Bows!


  2. Casual Observer April 17, 2018 5:13 am

    Would it be newsworthy if Brocke Stepteau receives a scholarship or does he already have one?


  3. Idunnonuthing April 17, 2018 8:18 am

    #2, I believe in a previous post Brocke’s father said give the scholarship to someone else, or something to that effect.


  4. Na Alii Pride April 17, 2018 9:40 am

    Any news on other recruits coming in?


  5. Brian McInnis April 17, 2018 1:44 pm

    Yes, it would be newsworthy if Stepteau were to receive a scholarship. It’s widely believed to be a possibility.


  6. Brian McInnis April 17, 2018 1:59 pm

    Nothing imminent.


  7. ALLAN April 17, 2018 2:42 pm

    “FORCE” BROCK STEPTEAU TO ACCEPT A SCHOLARSHIP.


  8. cappie the dog April 18, 2018 6:10 am

    7.

    I just wrote something similar on “Warrior Beat”.

    My sentiments exactly.


  9. cappie the dog April 18, 2018 6:19 am

    Matt Lojeski was Hawaii’s last truly above-average three-point shooter.

    He didn’t go into prolonged slumps like Zane Johnson and Hawaii’s current Auburn transfer.

    Ryan Luettgerot came in advertised as a sharp-shooter, but alas, he was not anywhere near as consistent as his contemporary Michael Kuebler. Luettgerot was supposed to play the part of Carl English.

    Going back further in time, Billy Koch, couldn’t hit the three, even when it was 19’9″, when the three-point shot was inaugurated in 1986(?).

    If Eddie Stansberry provides additional outside shooting(c’mon Purchase), Sheriff Drammeh can concentrate on driving to the basket.


  10. Brian McInnis April 18, 2018 5:52 pm

    I have it on pretty good authority that Brocke’s family is not opposed to him receiving a scholarship.


  11. Brian McInnis April 18, 2018 5:54 pm

    And yes, I realize that is a strange thing to write.


  12. Casual Observer April 18, 2018 9:23 pm

    Its obvious Stepteau doesn’t have the height but given how he has performed, been a starter, played substantial minutes and has kept Hawaii games or even helped to win the games, isn’t a scholarship a no brainer? Especially when winning is so important, Stepteau is a winner on and off the court – unless the coaches know something they can’t say. For Hawaii fans, giving Stepteau a scholarship is the right thing to do. Am I wrong?


  13. UH Fan for Life April 19, 2018 6:49 am

    Even if it is the right thing to give Stepteau the scholarship, we have a need for a wing player who can compliment what this team has. Stepteau has worked his tail off and is definitely deserving of a scholarship, but with the way the team is right now, we really need this extra scholarship to go to a wing player. If Ganot and co can’t recruit another player, then the scholarship will more than deservingly go to Stepteau. With that said, I think Ganot’s main objective is finding a player to fill that last scholarship spot.


  14. HawaiiMongoose April 20, 2018 2:48 pm

    I think Brocke is very deserving of a scholarship. However if Coach Ganot lands a final recruit who can make a real difference in helping UH get back to the Dance, I think even Brocke would be okay with using the last scholarship on that player.


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