Warrior Beat: Global network

Basketball player Mate Colina and football player Max Hendrie participated in UH's celebration of Australia Day. / Photo by Stephen Tsai

It was a nice gesture for UH to recognize Australia Day before last night’s basketball game.

Of the 82 international players on 2018-2019 UH rosters, 14 are from Australia. That’s second to Canada (22) in the number of international players represented from a foreign country.

Of the men’s sports, the football team has the most Australians — defensive end Max Hendrie, kicker Ryan Meskell and punters Stan Gaudion and Ben Scruton.

After crunching the numbers, it should be noted:

> Teams that call the Duke Kahanamoku Aquatic Complex as the home venue — swimming and diving, water polo — have the most combined international student-athletes (32).

> The all-American sports are men’s golf, both sailing teams, and cheerleading. Each has zero international student-athletes.

> Some of the most decorated softball players were Australians. This year, the Rainbow Wahine softball team has one international player — Isabella Dino, who is from Canada.

> The men’s volleyball team has four international players; the women’s indoor team has one.

Here’s the international breakdown by teams:
Baseball — 3
Basketball — 5
Football — 7
Golf — 0
Swimming and Diving — 11
Tennis — 6
Volleyball — 4

Basketball — 2
Beach volleyball — 2
Cross country — 3
Golf — 3
Sailing — 0
Soccer — 1
Softball — 1
Swimming and diving — 9
Tennis — 7
Track and field — 5
Women’s volleyball — 1
Water polo — 12
(The three international cross-country runners are on the track and field team. But to make the counts uniform, they are only counted under cross country.)

Cheerleading — 0
Sailing — 0

And the countries:
Canada — 22
Australia — 14
New Zealand — 6
Netherlands — 4
Spain — 4
Germany — 3
Japan — 3
Slovakia — 3
Sweden — 3
Czech Republic — 2
Finland — 2
France — 2
Bulgaria — 1
England — 1
Estonia — 1
Iceland — 1
Israel — 1
Italy — 1
Latvia — 1
Norway — 1
Philippines — 1
Poland — 1
Portugal — 1
Slovenia — 1
Taiwan — 1
Thailand — 1

OK, that’s all I got. Enjoy the Pro Bowl viewing party.


  1. burro sabio January 27, 2019 10:49 am

    Ekahi, Ichi, Uno, One, Foist.

    Oy Oy Oy

  2. Whitey January 27, 2019 11:15 am

    Interesting group. Would be nice to have athletes fro Ca?boudia, Viet Nam and Mongolia.

  3. Stephen Tsai January 27, 2019 11:19 am

    I was surprised that the swimming team had an athlete from Iceland. Are Icelanders known for swimming?

  4. NorthShoreFan January 27, 2019 11:39 am

    ST…I think just here to thaw out a bit….

  5. Captain Ron January 27, 2019 1:47 pm

    A little surprised we don’t have any from China. Have we had Chinese athletes in the past?

  6. burro sabio January 27, 2019 2:26 pm

    Ji Xiang, basketball.

  7. Old School Dave January 27, 2019 4:03 pm

    Working and teaching international students, many from Asian countries say that there is a perception that Hawaii is not regarded as a place to work or study, but just to vacation. Too bad, as there are a lot of talented athletes in Japan and China and other Asian countries (baseball, volleyball, tennis, soccer, etc),. With many international Asian students, the biggest obstacle is passing the TOEFL Exam and achieving the necessary English proficiency needed for college entrance.

  8. Old School Dave January 27, 2019 4:15 pm

    Cal’s Chen Yue Women’s BB is from China and they managed to recruit and get her into Berkeley, even with her limited English in her freshman year. So, I guess if there’s a will, there’s a way.


  9. islandman January 27, 2019 5:10 pm

    I read that many schools have special admissions or exceptions whereby some athletes can get in
    without meeting the normal entrance requirements.

  10. Da Punchbowl Kid January 27, 2019 7:44 pm

    Oi! Oi! Oi!

    Ranked top two percent globally, representing the world in their athletics. There’s no place like Hawai’i!

  11. Kahuna January 27, 2019 8:56 pm

    Foreign athletes still have to display the capability of doing college level work before being admitted. Just because you are a special athlete is not going to get that player in.

    Some foreign kids from Asia were groomed to be athletes from young age. The government see their potential and get them into programs where they do nothing but train. These kids are really not college prospects due to these kids not being school properly. They become the property of the government and will never be allowed to play elsewhere. Those who make their way out of China are really not that good and are projects.

    I’m sure the coaches know of these challenges, that is why they go to Europe even though Europe is further away.

    We have gotten a large number of athletes from Europe/Australia/Canada national teams in all sports but never landed anyone from Japan’s, South Korea’s, nor China’s National team. Those countries just don’t want their athletes to leave.

  12. Kahuna January 27, 2019 9:20 pm

    Chen Yue is not very good. She is a. 4th year Jr. and only played in 5 games this season and scored zero point. She is similar to the former UH center Xi. Both big but not the elite level Chinese player many schools seek.

    Same with the 6-4 MB on the LBSU women volleyball team. Tall but quite average.

  13. islandman January 28, 2019 7:47 am

    12. YiZhi Xue, MB for LBSU was 1st team All-Conference her freshman year and honorable mention for her soph and junior years. Above average

  14. rabbit ears January 28, 2019 7:58 am

    YiZhi Xue gave Mags fits her freshmen year. Last two years she’s been invisible. Not sure why she didn’t develop.

  15. islandman January 28, 2019 8:17 am

    12. Fullerton basketball has 6-9 soph Johnny Wang, originally from China who has started most of the games and CSUN has 6-9 frosh Michael Ou, also from China, who has started many games.

  16. clyde January 28, 2019 8:28 am

    And Thursday’s opponent, Long Beach State lists 6-9, 275-pound frosh Jeffrey Yan (originally from Shanghai) on its roster. Has yet to play so likely redshirting.

  17. islandman January 28, 2019 9:26 am

    Someone posted on a blog that Kanawai Noa wants to transfer from Cal, after graduating this spring.

  18. Boolakanaka January 28, 2019 1:24 pm

    If he is eligible for the 2019 season, I would say we are lock and loaded for next fall at receiver….

  19. ai-eee-soos January 28, 2019 1:27 pm

    If I remember correctly, Kanawai Noa wanted to transfer

    to Manoa, about two years ago.

    However, Cal did not grant him a release.

  20. turfwar January 28, 2019 1:57 pm

    Kanawai would be a great pick up for somebody. We already have receivers signed and are going after at least one more in Lincoln Victor. Personally I would want to try and sign Tamatoa Falatea a 6’0 WR from Punahou who had a heck of a Poly Bowl as well as a great senior season. Very productive kid and he will have 4 seasons. Not sure how many scholarships we have to give out but I’m guessing we’re pretty full at the WR position.

  21. islandman January 28, 2019 2:38 pm

    17. It didn’t say where he wants to transfer to.

  22. ai-eee-soos January 28, 2019 2:51 pm

    from MWC news …

    2020 DE Tyrese Powe was offered by Hawaii .

    Looks like a “future” pick.

  23. kahuna January 28, 2019 3:36 pm

    Dude…those names mentioned above are not elite Chinese athletes. When you look at guys like Stjn Van Tilburg, Rado Parapunov, Jakob Thelle from the men’s volleyball, these guys played or play with their countries’ national/Jr. national team and are considered to be elite athletes in their country. Same with out Softball pitchers like Brooke Wilkins and Kaia Paranby. These are their countries’s best.

    Johnny Wang, Chen Yue, Xi Jiang, Micheal Ou, etc….are not from China’s national team pipeline. That is all I’m saying. We do not get the Chinese’s elite players like with do with guys like out men’s volleyball team.

    You can go scan the NCAA roster and start to listing all the Chinese name you want. You will NOT find anyone from the Chinese National team playing in the USA.

    Kind of waste of time and money to go thru all the headache to find projects in China when you can get projects right here in the USA. You go thru all the hurdles to get that kid in and then he is not even that good. Waste time and energy.

  24. kahuna January 28, 2019 3:47 pm

    BTW…all those Chinese basketball kids you listed attended school in America so they do not qualify as being Chinese “nationals”. They probably considered themselves Americans now.

  25. islandman January 28, 2019 4:46 pm

    26. Lamine Diane of CSUN came from Senegal to the US in about 2016. He’s not Chinese, but he’s not an American, i think.
    The MB Xue from China playing at LBSU is pretty good. Later she could go back and possibly play on their Olympic team.
    Those Chinese players on the BW basketball teams may not be “elite” but they could develop into good players. In fact they are starting or were starting on their teams.

  26. islandman January 28, 2019 5:16 pm

    LBSU Xue’s father is the head of the Chinese national beach volleyball program.

  27. islandman January 28, 2019 5:30 pm

    There were 3 MB or MH on the 2018 BW Women’s All-Conference team and 2 MB’s Honorable Mention- one was Xue.

  28. cappie the dog January 28, 2019 5:45 pm

    Straight Outta Pago Bay.

    Gabe Lombard from Guam.

  29. islandman January 28, 2019 6:32 pm

    30. Gabe played for UH in 4 games in 2001-02 and two in 2002-03. Earned two Letters. His older brother Peter was a mountain bike champion who represented Guam in the 2016 Olympics and is an Ophthalmologist. But he crashed his bike in the Olympics due to his bike and the rain.

  30. Whitey January 28, 2019 6:38 pm

    This is the perfect week to bring the recruits. Weather is nice and the mainland is vfrozen.

  31. suckkabooya January 29, 2019 11:23 am

    They got one billion people in China. Gotta have some that can ball besides the National team. If they want to get better, come to United States and workout. Keep the ones that can make it. Set up a program back in China like they did for Argentina back in the 70’s.

  32. islandman January 29, 2019 3:50 pm

    33. You hit the nail. Just because someone doesn’t make the Chineses National Team doesn’t mean that player can’t be a good player in the U.S. or elsewhere.
    Remember Bruce O’ Neil. He runs some operation that has connections to China. I haven’t studied about it yet but a link is here below. Don’t know how many players went on to a US College, but i see one did like Kevin Zhang. Ji Xiang went to the academy and played at UH for 2 seasons. I think he got injured later or something. He’s not Kahuna’s man though.

  33. burro sabio January 29, 2019 4:19 pm

    The Chinese government might not want the good ones to come over and then cut their own deals to play professionally, they won’t get their cut.

  34. suckkabooya January 29, 2019 11:20 pm

    The Chinese Government (since they are Communist/Capitalists) should develop a system to export Professional Athletes of varying earning potentials where they can ultimately tax those earners. Develop a system of training where their best athletes can strive to become elite and eventually professionals. NBA (via NCAA), WNBA (and European Leagues) Soccer, MLB?, MMA, NFL?. Give UH Football a guy who can run a 4.35-4.45 40 and we can figure it out from there. Just a thought.

  35. Maddog50 January 30, 2019 7:47 am

    Just saw Caden Hilborn if Utah commit. That is real nice addition to either side if ball. Some rank him 3* some rank him 4*. Either way it’s good—-and yes I have been outside, sunny and minus 15. It’s already warmed up 10 degrees!!!!

  36. burro sabio January 30, 2019 9:25 am

    #36 – nah they’re just going to develop their own professional leagues and keep all the money.

  37. turfwar January 30, 2019 10:34 am

    Mahalo for the tip on Caden Maddog50! His Rivals page has some hilights from this year and now lists him at 6’5 and 280. And agree he would be an asset on either side of the line. Hope to see a couple more linemen headed this way as signing day approaches.

  38. ai-eee-soos January 30, 2019 10:51 am

    #37 & #39.

    Plays tight end also.

    Too bad our coaches can’t figure out how to use a tight end / H Back.

    (They literally wasted Dakota Torres’ Senior season.)

  39. turfwar January 30, 2019 1:03 pm

    Noticed that Arizona OL Michael Eletise just posted his name on the transfer portal. 6’4″ 315 4* out of Kaiser HS who was the number 1 ranked recruit out of Hawaii that year.

  40. Boolakanaka January 30, 2019 1:48 pm

    Ohhhh—that’s super interesting???!

  41. NorthShoreFan January 30, 2019 1:49 pm


    Copy and paste for link…

    Mpt sure why or where he’s interested in going.

  42. NorthShoreFan January 30, 2019 1:52 pm


    Link to NCAA transfer portal

  43. Stephen Tsai January 30, 2019 1:57 pm

    New post: http://www.hawaiiwarriorworld.com/?p=48147

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