Hawaii men’s basketball: Dawson Carper transfers to Missouri State

Hawaii center Dawson Carper fought for possession against Washington guard Jamal Bey (5) and forward Sam Timmins (14) on Dec. 23. / Star-Advertiser file photo by Jamm Aquino

Dawson Carper, who has completed two seasons with the UH basketball team, confirmed he is transferring to Missouri State.

Carper had entered the transfer portal two weeks ago, citing a desire to attend a school closer to his family’s home in Colorado Springs. Missouri State’s Springfield campus is 640 miles away.

Carper based his decision largely on conversations with MSU coach Dana Ford and forward Gaige Prim.

“It’s tough because you can’t visit anywhere,” Carper said, referencing the NCAA’s restrictions on in-person recruiting contact because of the COVID-10 pandemic. “I have to go off the connections you have with the coaches. I talked to (Ford) a lot in the past couple weeks. One of the players (Prim) is from Colorado, and I used to play with him a lot. He told me about the school and what he really loved about it.”

MSU completes in the Missouri Valley Conference. The Bears went 9-9 in league play this season, beating third-seeded Indiana State in the quarterfinals of the postseason tournament.

Carper said he will redshirt during the 2020-2021 season, and then have two seasons to play.

“It’s a good decision,” Carper said, “and I’m excited.”


  1. turfwar April 8, 2020 11:13 am

    Good luck at Missouri State and hope you have a great career there. Thank you for always playing hard and with the heart of a Warrior. You represented the school well on and off the court.

  2. Randal g Silva April 8, 2020 3:43 pm

    Why are we losing a lot of good players since EG started coaching here. We are as mediocre as we’ve been for a long time. Remember the last regime started to bring us up to a level we want to be in until instead of fixing a problem we quickly punish ourselves. June Jones and Gib A. we’re doing a good job so we get rid of Gib and tell JJ twice he is not wanted here. This is why we can’t get better. Shame on the people in charge including our Ad.

  3. K-Bay April 8, 2020 5:58 pm

    Best of Luck, Great Results, Great Health and Show ‘Em What You Already Learned
    and US, How Much More YOU Can Grow and Improve !
    Hope YOU Heard US Cheering for YOU!
    Feisty ! Some Times, Players Oughta Yell Back @ Coaches !
    Heart! Fire! EYE of Tiger, Dawson ! —And Thanks for Helping UH’s APR & GPA !
    Hope MISSOURI State can Play in Hawai’i !

    We’ll STILL BE Cheerin’ for You!

    “Show Me… “ that in the “Show Me” State of Missouri. LOL

    Best of the Best to ALL !

  4. islandman April 8, 2020 9:56 pm

    Carper said: …”Very grateful for my time at Hawaii. the coaching staff. my teammates- and Mahalo to the UH fans. Excited for the next step in my journey at Missouri State University ! “

  5. Matt April 8, 2020 10:25 pm

    You know what’s silly and weird? The times the players that have transferred from Ganot’s group have either done better, average or WORSE in different schools than Hawaii. Here’s a list to name a few (Including those from the 2015-16 season).

    Isaac Fleming – ECU
    2016-17 : 15-18
    2017-18 : 10-20
    2018-19 : 10-21

    Stefan Jovanovic – Loyola Marymount
    2016-17 : 15-15

    Matthew Owies – SeattleU
    2017-18 : 20-14

    Larry Lewis Jr. – HPU
    2017-18 : 15-13

    Brian Garrett – Cal State University Monterey Bay
    2017-18: 10-18

    Leland Green – Humboldt State University
    2019-20 : 9-18

    Brandon Thomas – Stanislaus State
    2019-20 : 15-13

    The trend just hasn’t cut out with those that transferred, and it could end up getting worse from here. Only Matthew Owies’ team had a good season despite sitting out via the redshirt rule. LLJ, Jovanovic and Brandon Thomas had average seasons, with the rest doing worse. At this point, the MBB program better get figure out how to fix this because the fans will grow restless about the programs’ regression as a whole, and especially if we can’t be competitive again.

  6. Cam April 9, 2020 1:19 am

    I honestly don’t see why people have a problem with these players transferring. Other than Buggs (who may in fact decide to stay) the players who have decided to transfer weren’t going to play a large role going forward. Villa was promising but I think being away from basketball for the past 2 years put him behind with his development and probably would’ve been another year or two until he’s at a point where he can really contribute, and Ganot is bringing in more point guards in this class. And carper…he has a D1 size but isn’t athletically gifted, was exposed consistently against pretty mediocre bigs, and just seemed lost when given extended minutes. Ganot should lean more towards athletic and versatile bigs like da Silva and hopefully a healthy Owen hulland. Carper didn’t rebound and defend Good enough especially for his size. I think Ganot has enough at the 5 position with the bigs he has now especially if hulland can stay healthy and then with that 6’7 kid coming in who can play stretch 4 in his offense. All in all I wish all the players the best no matter where they decide to continue their career and UH will be fine next year especially if Avea continues his improvement and Webster makes a jump, gives consistent scoring, and the incoming class can provide an immediate impact

  7. Kahuna April 9, 2020 8:23 am

    I think Ganot finally ‘gets” it. Chris Gerlufsen probably push Ganot into going after more athletic kids instead of finding a bunch of role players and tried to fit them into a role.

    Last year’s recruiting class of Webster, Madut and DaSilva and this years class of McClanahan, Ayol, and Bayles so far is an indication of the team trying to be more athletic.

    Having better athletes allow for the team not have to rely on running sets to perfection in order to score and allow for individual players to create on their own if the play breaks down. It’s also more entertaining and could increase attendance.

    Ganot is still going to have to work harder to make sure this bunch play as a team and not free lance too much. It may be easier to coach a bunch of role players so all the coaches is going to have their work cut out for them since a lot of kids on the team feel they deserve to play more.

  8. Joe bro April 9, 2020 9:23 am

    Feel like we never saw a string of great games from Dawson. A little too inconsistent. Part of that is not getting enough touches down low. Also seemed like he only had 1 true post move. Makes me wonder if these coaches are working intensely enough with these big men..Hopefully Da Silva Hulland & Colina improve this offseason

  9. Palolo April 9, 2020 7:47 pm

    Thank you Matt and Kahuna. Good information.

  10. amela April 10, 2020 12:07 pm

    With so much admiration for Gerlufsen it may make Ganot try and push him out.

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