Stallworth leaving program

Jaaron Stallworth was reported dead by the Sacramento Bee this week. / 2017 Star-Advertiser file photo by Jamm Aquino

Jaaron Stallworth’s Hawaii basketball career will go down as a few DNPs.

Stallworth is leaving the Rainbow Warriors, according to sources. The third-string point guard has not been at recent practices and is not expected to be on the bench for UH’s matchup with Nevada tonight at the Stan Sheriff Center.

The 6-foot-1, 180-pound sophomore who transferred from Yuba College will likely look to transfer out at the semester break. The Elk Grove, Calif., native did not appear in UH’s first three games of the season.

Stallworth did not respond to requests for comment. UH coach Eran Ganot was not immediately available for comment.

The offseason was a long road back for Stallworth, who suffered a pretty catastrophic leg/ankle injury at Yuba. He had to observe from the side for all of the team’s summer workouts, and was only cleared for contact at the start of full practices. That put him behind the curve — and behind Drew Buggs and Brocke Stepteau — considerably.

Stallworth logged a minute in UH’s preseason exhibition against Hawaii Pacific, making the only shot he attempted. The result did not officially count. He also appeared in the Green & White scrimmage.

So what’s the immediate effect on the team? Maybe nothing, for the short term. He wasn’t close to breaking into the rotation, and wasn’t a huge off-court presence like Mike Thomas was for the team last year. But his absence removes a safety net in case of injury to either Buggs or Stepteau (knock on wood). And there was some hope that maybe Stallworth could break out later, either this season or sometime in the next two. He was just a sophomore, after all. He showed some ability to score on dribble-drives and pull-ups.

Alas, UH presses on without him.


  1. warriors808 November 24, 2017 8:58 pm

    Kids these days … gotta pay your dues … nothing comes easy … you’ll fail most of the time in your life … it’s all about how you get up, LEARN, AND MOVE ON … DON’T QUIT …


  2. Lowtone123 November 25, 2017 8:13 am

    Disappointing he didn’t give himself at least the rest of this season to see how he would develop as a player. He was behind because of his injury. He can’t play anywhere this season. Ultimately it is his decision, for better or for worse, only time will tell. Gotta move on. Best of luck going forward for Stallworth and the team.

  3. roygbivs November 26, 2017 1:47 pm

    Nothing lost IMO, injured, us looking for a warm-bodied player just to fill the roster. That’s what you get when you don’t have too many choices. I think the coaches have to really make better decisions on whom they want to sign because it could impact the APR SCORE and we can’t recover as quickly as other schools.

  4. cappie the dog November 26, 2017 2:13 pm

    I thought these revolving door defection were synonymous with Gib Arnold’s program.

    I wish the Texas San-Antonio transfer stuck around.

    It’s Division I basketball, man!

    So many athletes would love to have the problem of limited playing time, or benchwarmer.

  5. cappie the dog November 26, 2017 2:13 pm


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