Warrior Beat: Hawaii athletics graduation day

Kristi Stepteau congratulates her son, Brocke Stepteau, on his UH graduation. / Photo by Stephen Tsai

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.

UH basketball’s Sheriff Drammeh, Brocke Stepteau and Jack Purchase

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 to Australia, although there are no concrete plans to continue playing. But a couple weeks ago, Stepteau’s album “Ascension” was released a couple weeks ago. It’s available on several platforms, including at Apple ITunes — Ascension

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The baseball graduates:

Dominic DeMiero, Maaki Yamazaki, Ethan Lopez and Kash Koltermann

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And UH’s shutdown cornerback, Rojesterman Farris II, is now a college graduate. But not to worry, he still has a season of eligibility remaining.


  1. H-man May 11, 2019 3:24 pm

    Congratulations to all the graduates. Awesome !!!

  2. Lava May 11, 2019 3:55 pm

    There were other proud graduates as well. I saw Zeno Choi.

  3. H-Man May 11, 2019 6:40 pm

    119 student-athletes graduated today. Here’s the link for the list: https://hawaiiathletics.com/news/2019/5/4/untitled-story.aspx
    (15 from football; great going guys)

  4. A-House May 12, 2019 10:03 am

    hip, hip, hooray
    hip, hip, at last
    hip, hip, hooray
    graduate at last

    congratulations to all the graduates, but especially to the student-athlete who must make an extra effort to complete their education and move on with life —

    yep, no more spring break, summer break, winter break — depending where they decide to “work”, holidays may be few and far between — yep, work 5 or more days a week and 8 or more hours per day

    ah, the joys of being out of school!!!

  5. iGrokSpock May 12, 2019 12:29 pm

    Congrats to all of the grads!

  6. Da Punchbowl Kid May 12, 2019 3:59 pm

    Good job men! What ever comes next, may you blessed with success!

  7. ALLAN May 12, 2019 7:35 pm


  8. Stephen Tsai May 12, 2019 7:54 pm

    Zeno’s in line to be a police officer, I think .
    Austin Webb already has landed a job in Salt Lake City.

  9. justsomeguy May 13, 2019 2:49 am

    What it’s all about. Congratulations to all the athletes, you’ve earned this!

  10. ai-eee-soos May 13, 2019 1:01 pm

    What’s this …

    June Jones on the move again?

  11. seewhy May 13, 2019 7:27 pm

    Gotta go where the money’s at.

  12. ai-eee-soos May 14, 2019 12:41 pm

    Hawaii real busy with offers …

    DE Ioholani Raass was offered by Hawaii
    DE Mark Blocker was offered by Hawaii
    LB Caleb McCullough was offered by Hawaii
    DL Leshaun Bell was offered by Hawaii
    OL Andres Dewerk was offered by Hawaii
    WR Jamir Shepard was offered by Hawaii
    OL/DL Marcus Miller was offered by Hawaii
    ATH Brody Hughes was offered by Hawaii
    WR Marcus Libman was offered by Hawaii
    ATH Keyshawn Smith was offered by Hawaii
    ATH Isaiah Afatasi was offered by Hawaii
    LB Austin Nichols was offered by Hawaii
    OL Caadyn Stephen was offered by Hawaii
    DE Xavier Carlton was offered by Hawaii
    OL Cade Bennett was offered by Hawaii
    WR/DB Tyson McWilliams was offered by Hawaii
    DE/TE Nusi Malani was offered by Hawaii
    JUCO OL Riden Leong was offered by Hawaii
    OL Mose Vavao was offered by Hawaii and Utah State

    Note: DE Mark Blocker committed.

  13. ai-eee-soos May 14, 2019 12:49 pm

    JUCO OL Riden Leong was offered by Hawaii.

    6’5, 320. Orange Coast CC.

    Maryknoll 2018 (Basketball?)

    Has offers from Iowa Sate and TCU (tweets).

  14. WarriorNY May 14, 2019 3:20 pm

    June Jones to XFL? I wish him the best. Hopefully he can bring some UH alum into the mix. I hope this league doesn’t fade like the AAL and the old XFL.

  15. Boolakanaka May 15, 2019 7:52 am

    I guess Noa’s brother is not island bound—see:https://www.dailycal.org/2019/05/12/former-cal-receiver-kanawai-noa-announces-transfer-to-nebraska/

  16. diamonds808 May 15, 2019 8:57 am

    Congratulations to all of the UH student-athlete graduates! So proud of all of you. You worked hard in the classroom and blessed the fans with your talents on the filed, on the court, in the pool and in the ocean – Thank you! *Sidenote – Brock’s mom looks like she could be his sister!

  17. ai-eee-soos May 15, 2019 10:11 am

    # 15 – Boola

    Check out # 12 – OL Mose Vavao was offered by Hawaii and Utah State.

    He also has offers from YALE, Harvard, Columbia, Air Force …

    He must be a GEM !!!

  18. A-House May 15, 2019 10:42 am

    while Kanawai Noa would have been a good addition, perhaps concentrating coaching efforts to others rather than a one-and-done player is better use of staff time and effort

  19. H-Man May 15, 2019 3:27 pm

    Noticed Austin Webb was one of the graduates. Glad he was able to remain on scholarship and graduate after suffering a serious staph infection his sophomore year.

  20. HawaiiMongoose May 15, 2019 9:48 pm

    Stephen, wasn’t today the last day of the spring signing period for men’s basketball? I’ve been following UH basketball for more years than I want to admit and can’t remember the team ever having this many available scholarships uncommitted at the end of the signing period. What’s the story?

  21. seewhy May 16, 2019 12:03 am

    Nebraska 0 draft picks, Hawaii 2 draft picks. Nuff said.

  22. Inyoface May 16, 2019 10:57 am

    I really hope the XFL is successful. I think they have to be on one of the 4 major networks to be successful. No one wants to go to some cable channel to watch a game, the was Alliance’s downfall.

  23. Stephen Tsai May 16, 2019 4:41 pm

    New post: https://www.hawaiiwarriorworld.com/?p=49727

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