Rainbow Warrior basketball: Leland Green finds a home

Leland Green shot a 3-pointer against UC Irvine in 2018-19. / Photo by Andrew Lee, Special to the Star-Advertiser

Former Hawaii basketball guard Leland Green has found his greener land of opportunity.

Green, a reserve who played an average of 8.7 minutes in 27 games in 2018-19, will play at Division II Humboldt State for his senior season. Because he is dropping down a division, he does not have to sit out a season.

Green was a courteous, quiet sort who wowed upon his arrival from Los Angeles with a better-than-expected jump shot and a ready-made physique.

He enjoyed a productive freshman season — including hitting the game-winning shot against Cal State Northridge, plus a 25-point game in an overtime win over Long Beach State. He struggled his sophomore season, though, and underwent offseason shoulder surgery going into his junior year. He was never quite able to recapture his old role, although he was a bright spot off the bench a handful of times late in the season.

Humboldt State, which in 2018 became the first Division II team to be a full participant in the Rainbow Classic, made the official announcement on Wednesday.

Green said this in the Lumberjacks’ release: “I want to thank God for my God-given ability to be able to play the sport that I love. Also my parents and family for their love and support through the ups and downs. I want to thank my high school coach Reggie Morris and the entire coaching staff for pushing me to be the best that I could be. I’m blessed to finish out my college career at Humboldt State and I’m looking to do big things.”

UH has four scholarships to offer for the 2019-20 season.


  1. Shaka Bro April 10, 2019 3:57 pm

    Really happy for Leland that he found a new home!

    Do the rest of you sense animosity here? There was not mention of thanks to the UH coaching staff or the people of Hawaii in this article.

    If he had surgery after his sophomore season and he appeared to not have recovered fully during this past season (as observed by his play), then why did they not redshirt him and allow for a full recovery with 2 years to play. Another loss to the program.

    UH has 4 scholarships to offer with one of those going to Jessiya. That’s if his dreams are still to play for the program. As of this point, many other Big West schools have announced their recruits for next season with UH having none. Recruiting internationally has not proven successful with the only exception of Jack Purchase. We need a couple of stretch 4 players.

    Cameron Ng? Definitely not a stretch 4 type player but Drew and Eddie will need the supporting cast of Jessiya and Cameron?

  2. Kahuna April 10, 2019 5:29 pm

    Yeah….dude showed some animosity. Didn’t have the class to thank former teammates or former coaches. If you are going to name and you choose to leave out your most current people, you doing it on purpose.

    Lost a lot of respect for the dude. Should have been the better man and thanks his Hawaii teammates and coaches. Didn’t have to single out Ganot . Just thanking his teammates would have suffice.

  3. islandman April 10, 2019 6:21 pm

    4 scholarships is after Villa takes one.
    3 seniors left plus Brandon and Leland left = 5.

  4. HawaiiMongoose April 10, 2019 7:06 pm

    The lack of recruiting news is concerning. We have a lot of pukas to fill.

  5. Aaron April 11, 2019 1:05 am

    I think the commitments of Noah Allen and Zigmars Raimo were not announced until May, so getting good players this late is not unheard of. mine that transfer portal, coach! we don’t need anymore freshmen this year!

  6. cappie the dog April 11, 2019 5:40 am

    Megan Huff moved up in the draft. 26th pick. She was originally projected to go to Connecticut at 33, then to Indiana at 29. New York-bound. Amazing. I’m sure she’ll do well.

    Morgan Bertsch was drafted. Good for the Big West. She is one of three players from a non-Power 5 school to be selected. The other two came from Buffalo and South Dakota State.

    Judy Mosley, Christen Roper(made roster, then cut before the season started), Amy Sanders.

  7. Raider Dogs April 11, 2019 8:33 am

    We recruit so many bigs but don’t use them. Maybe we should just recruit 5’10” and under seems we can’t get anyone anyway. It seems we don’t have a plan or maybe its time to reevaluate the coaching position. Poor recruiting, poor scheduling Equals no one in the stands. Not even the student come anymore and they live right up the hill not worth the effort to come down.

  8. Warbow April 11, 2019 9:56 am

    umm, no thank you for Ganot and crew. That tells you something. A player leaves after a couple years in college and thanks his high school coach…lol
    Ganot has got to go already. He’s losing more players than he’s bringing in. Not a good sign for things to come. I’m tired of this mediocrity frame of mind in the Big west sports programs. Ya that includes you too Trapasso.

  9. Aaron April 11, 2019 1:21 pm

    Raider, the bigs were freshmen and not quite ready for primetime though Dawson Carper, a true freshman, did play a good amount of minutes down the stretch when the matchups were right. In his last 7 games, Carper averaged 12.4 minutes per game, with highs of 15 minutes in 3 of those games and 20 minutes in one game. The facts don’t agree with your assessment.

  10. cappie the dog April 13, 2019 7:17 pm

    Megan Huff is expected to make the New York Liberty roster. She is part of a B+ draft grade according to ESPN.com’s Michelle Voepel.

    For two years, I watched her, aided by the comment by a poster, I could see that she was the most talented player on the team. If you go to the games, you know this for a fact. Missed shots can sometimes go awry in the most comical way possible. A mother of a player once scowled at me. Because IT IS funny. If you don’t laugh, you’ll get angry, and not show up to the games. Huff, when she would miss shots, always hit iron.

  11. cappie the dog April 15, 2019 11:46 pm

    I find this so fascinating, I can’t help but go way, way, way off-topic. Ellen Reid, who used to be a member of the Crash Test Dummies, won the Pulitzer Prize for Music today.

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