“Big Sauce” is taking his talents elsewhere.
On Friday, sophomore center Dawson Carper became the second Hawaii basketball player to enter the NCAA transfer portal in three days, following Drew Buggs on Wednesday.
Hawaii C Dawson Carper (SO) has entered the transfer portal. https://t.co/vAUsINLpHc
— Verbal Commits (@VerbalCommits) March 27, 2020
Carper confirmed his intention to leave the program in a message to Hawaii Warrior World.
The true 7-foot sophomore from Colorado Springs, Colo., started 22 games in the 2019-20 season, although he was not used much down the stretch of conference play. He averaged 6.0 points and 3.9 rebounds, shooting 61 percent from the field. His best career game came in an overtime loss at Cal Poly, 20 points and 11 rebounds.
He will have two seasons to play somewhere that needs a traditional center.
Coaches ‼️ Dawson Carper has entered the transfer portal. The 7’0 250 Center started 22 games as a Sophomore for Hawaii and averaged 6 PPG & 4 RPG. Feel free to message us for more information. https://t.co/cvplDDSL7X
— PWP Basketball (@OklahomaRunPWP) March 27, 2020
His decision means — assuming Buggs finds a new team as well — that UH will have four new starters next season. Samuta Avea is the only presumed returnee among the first five, although Justin Webster saw some part-time starter’s minutes as well.
The other two 7-foot centers on the roster are Owen Hulland and Mate Colina.