Hawaii men’s basketball: Drew Buggs narrows transfer choices to 3 schools

Drew Buggs drove against Long Beach State on Feb. 12. / Photo by Andrew Lee, Special to the Star-Advertiser

Describing it as the “hardest” move he has had to make, point guard Drew Buggs finalized his decision to leave the Hawaii basketball team.

Buggs, who entered the NCAA transfer portal in March, said he has narrowed his next school to Iowa State, Missouri or Loyola Marymount. Iowa State is where his parents met. Buggs said he hopes to make a decision this weekend.

As a fourth-year junior and co-captain, Buggs had per-game averages of 9.4 points, 5.4 assists and 4.5 rebounds this past season.

UH signed two point guards for the 2020 recruiting class: Biwali Bayles, who trains with Basketball Australia’s Centre for Excellence program, and JoVon McClanahan, who played the past season at Sheridan College in Wyoming.

Two other UH basketball players who entered the transfer portal have found new teams. Center Dawson Carper is joining Missouri State and guard Jessiya Villa is transferring to Chaminade.


  1. Na Alii Pride April 22, 2020 12:38 pm

    i will miss Drew Buggs. One of my favorite players of all time. Good luck Drew.

  2. Hoaloha April 22, 2020 12:42 pm

    Either Missouri or Iowa State would be as great move for Drew, but LMU? Not so much . . .

  3. K-Bay April 22, 2020 1:36 pm

    Maybe Closer to Home ? Best of Luck, Drew

    Iowa State Cyclones Last Watched them on Maui (12-20)….and Missouri (MISERY15-16) where we got some of Our Best Transfers… Stefan Jankovic & Negus Webster-Chan…and LMU (11-21) Could ALL IMPROVE on their Records of Last Year IF they get Drew…

  4. Possibilus April 22, 2020 4:27 pm

    Got to give mahalos to Buggs…rare situation where player gets to spend time in one place, heal, develop, and excel, but is still able to transfer without penalty and contribute elsewhere and experience another place where they will welcome him…and looks like Hawaii is fine with the kid (Webster) and the new guys coming in…a Win Win Win hopefully!

  5. islandman April 23, 2020 7:43 am

    Wbb’s Lauren Rewers is transferring to Michigan St.
    Univ of Arizona president doubts the game vs UH will be played on Aug 29 and is really concerned whether college football will be played in the fall.

  6. Lowtone123 April 23, 2020 8:38 am

    Thank goodness he is not transferring to a BWC school. That would hurt.

  7. Matt April 23, 2020 8:49 am


    Oh jeez…if Rewers leaving the program was because of Falkowska moving in, that’s gotta sting. The depth at center could be thinner for Coach B’s case.

  8. islandman April 23, 2020 9:16 am

    5. They signed. 6-2 Nnenna Orji

  9. Whitey April 23, 2020 10:37 am

    Iowa State. Excellent choice. Right in the heart of the Midwest where basketball and wrestling are king. He gets to play against Iowa, Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Drake,Texas, Baylor, ViriniaTech, and many more high powered teams Plus the Hilton Coliseum is a first class arena. Academia wise, it is one of the best public schools in the USA.

  10. Hoosier April 24, 2020 2:49 pm

    Iowa State pg heading for NBA. Drew would be great addition for them. Hate to see him go. I will miss those beautiful dimes he dished over past three years. Tough, scrappy, and terrific leader. Best of luck young man!

  11. ai-eee-soos April 25, 2020 11:52 am

    Tennessee Titans from Browns
    Cole McDonald, QB, Hawaii

  12. ai-eee-soos April 25, 2020 11:56 am

    GO COLE !!!


    BEAT arizona !!!

  13. Whitey April 25, 2020 12:51 pm

    Congratulations to Cole and the Warriors in this years NFL DRAFT.

  14. kapakahi April 30, 2020 7:23 pm

    WBB Myrrah Joseph is also transferring out…..


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