Brereton commits to Warriors
The signing period is underway and the Hawaii basketball team is off to an impressive start.
Hauns Brereton, a 6-foot-7, 210-pound forward with some famous ties to Hawaii, said he will sign a letter of intent to join the Warriors.
Brereton averaged 20.3 points and 7.1 rebounds per game as a sophomore this past season at Western Nebraska Community College. He was a first-team all-district player, and a third-team junior college All-America selection.
“It just feels right for me to be in Hawaii,” Brereton said. “I’m excited with the direction the basketball program is going over there, and I’m excited that I’ll be able to play in front of my family.”
Brereton has Samoan ancestry from his mother’s side of the family, and his great-uncle is the well-known actor/entertainer Al Harrington. Brereton was born in California and attended high school in Tennessee. He said he has “a lot” of relatives who reside in Hawaii.
“There were a lot of factors, but one of the main ones was family,” he said.
Brereton made an official visit to Hawaii last month, and said he liked the enthusiasm of the team.
“What I saw was that Hawaii has some of the pieces to go to the NCAA Tournament,” he said. “I really feel like I can be another one of those pieces.”
Western Nebraska head coach Russ Beck noted that Brereton averaged 26.7 points and 7.4 rebounds per game during the final 14 games of the season, when the team made a run to the playoffs.
“He carried us,” Beck said. “As far as a forward who can score inside and out, and also get you rebounds on both ends (of the court), he’s as good as anybody I’ve seen in junior college in the last 10 years.”
Brereton also made official visits to Brigham Young and Tulane, and was also being recruited hard by Santa Clara.
Brereton (pronounced like bray-er-ton) played his freshman season at Northern Colorado, but received limited playing time and transferred to Western Nebraska for his sophomore season. He actually logged nine minutes of playing time on the Stan Sheriff Center court (but did not score) in Northern Colorado’s 81-76 win over Hawaii in 2009.
Brereton is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and he served a two-year mission in Taiwan after high school. He said a trip to China with the Warriors in August will be a nice bonus.
“I get to use some Mandarin Chinese again,” he said. “I’m looking forward to it.”
Brereton, who will have two seasons of eligibility at Hawaii, is also a standout student. He earned Big Sky Conference All-Academic honors during his one year at Northern Colorado.
Brereton said he will sign his official letter of intent on Wednesday.
He is the second known player to have made a solid commitment to the Warriors for this current signing period.
Dillon Biggs, a 6-7 forward at Dorsey High in Los Angeles, made his commitment to Hawaii in February. He is also expected to sign with the Warriors this week.