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.
— CCSF Mens Basketball (@SFCityBasketbal) April 16, 2018
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.