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Hawaii men’s basketball: Concerning recruiting

By Brian McInnis on May 18, 2019

Any takers out there? About two months ago, I wrote about how this spring is a critical juncture for the direction of the Hawaii men’s basketball program as it pertains to recruiting. Would the Rainbow Warriors receive a talent infusion commensurate with their peers in the Big West — the Irvines, Long Beaches, and Santa Barbaras — to break a spell of so-so regular-season performances and one-and-done outings in the conference tournament the last three years? Well, in the weeks since, […]

Hawaii men’s basketball: Jack Purchase joins pro league

By Stephen Tsai on May 16, 2019

Former UH forward Jack Purchase has signed with the Melbourne Tigers of Australia’s National Basketball League 1. The NBL1 is a level below the premier NBL. “Feels pretty good to be back home playing,” Purchase texted to the Warrior Beat. “Played for the Tigers in the juniors and feels good to be able to put the Tigers’ jersey back on again.” The NBL1’s games are played in Melbourne and Tasmania, Purchase said. Purchase earned a bachelor’s degree this past weekend. […]

Warrior Beat: Hawaii athletics graduation day

By Stephen Tsai on May 11, 2019

Three former UH basketball players — Sheriff Drammeh, Brocke Stepteau and Jack Purchase — earned degrees today and are ready for the next phase of their lives. Drammeh has reached an agreement with a sports agency in Europe and is expected to play professionally over there. Purchase is headed back to his native Australia to audition for the professional league over there. The free-agent period is coming up. Stepteau is exploring options in basketball and music. He is accompanying Purchase […]

Hawaii men’s basketball: Ex-player Jaaron Stallworth reported dead

By Brian McInnis on May 6, 2019

Some stunning news infiltrated the Hawaii basketball community on Monday, as former Rainbow Warriors guard Jaaron Stallworth was reported dead. The Hawaii basketball Twitter page sent out condolences for the Stallworth family “during this difficult time.” Stallworth, who transferred to Hawaii out of Yuba College for the 2017-18 season, was to compete at point guard. But he was coming off a broken leg injury playing for Yuba and was behind the curve, considerably, upon arrival at UH as he competed […]

Hawaii basketball: Kameron Ng posts commitment with ‘Bows

By Brian McInnis on April 28, 2019

The 2018-19 Star-Advertiser All-State Basketball Player of the Year is apparently Manoa bound. Saint Francis senior guard Kameron Ng posted an announced commitment to Hawaii on Sunday night. Island boy 4 life #committed 🤙🏻🏝 pic.twitter.com/dUZJp5bTGo — Kameron Ng (@NgKameron) April 29, 2019 Ng, at 5 feet 11, scored 21 points in 12 of 15 games in the Interscholastic League of Honolulu. He was a repeat winner of the Gatorade Hawaii Player of the Year Award. It’s not immediately known if […]

Hawaii men’s basketball: Graduate manager joining the Spurs

By Stephen Tsai on April 18, 2019

Garrett Jackson, who served as a graduate manager for the Rainbow Warriors this season, has been selected for an internship with the San Antonio Spurs’ video department. Jackson had multiple roles for the ‘Bows, including video analysis, scouting, recruiting, practice preparation, player development and nutrition coordinator. UH coach Eran Ganot was an assistant at Saint Mary’s when Jackson was a forward for the Gaels. Jackson’s departure was announced at the UH banquet yesterday. It also was revealed Jack Purchase, who […]

Junior college guard commits to Hawaii basketball

By Stephen Tsai on April 15, 2019

Two days away from signing day for basketball prospects, the Rainbow Warriors secured a commitment from a junior-college guard. Junior Madut is a 6-foot-5, 185-pound sophomore from Eastern Florida State College. He was the captain for a team that went 28-8 this past season. He averaged 9.6 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.4 assists while defending several spots. Madut was born in Sudan, grew up in Australia, and attended the DME Academy, a prep school in Florida, before joining EFSC. Madut’s […]

Warrior Beat: Middle schoolers, “GOT,” hoops banquet

By Stephen Tsai on April 14, 2019

Things are getting busier and busier on the Manoa campus. Yesterday marked the Warriors’ first “Middle School Day.” While most schools have “Junior Days” for high school students wishing to learn more about their institutions (and football programs, of course), UH had an open house for middle school students. The emphasis is that no matter your future aspirations, every class in high school counts. Too often when students are considering college, they are hindered by poor grades as freshmen or […]