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Trio of recruits already bonding

(Photo of Gerry Blakes from Maxpreps.com)

Dillon Biggs, Gerry Blakes and Ronnie Stevens may still be high school students – different high schools, actually — but they are already working on a bond that should help them succeed in college.

The trio of Los Angeles-area players has all signed to play for the Hawaii basketball team next season. With that in mind, they have maintained contact with each other and are already making plans for their first season as Warriors.

“Mainly we talk about getting together and working out together to get ready for the season,” Stevens said. “We joke around that we’re going to go over there and change the program together.”

Blakes is a 6-foot-4 combo guard who just completed a standout season for Morningside High. He averaged 23.0 points, 7.6 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game. He was named Most Outstanding Player in his league, and was a first-team All-California pick.

Stevens is a 6-8 forward at Serra High, where he averaged 13.5 points and 9.0 rebounds and was a second-team all-league selection.

Blakes and Stevens both signed with the Warriors last November. They then helped convince Biggs to join them. Biggs signed with Hawaii two weeks ago.

“I knew both those guys were going to Hawaii, so I talked to them a lot during the process,” Biggs said. “It’s pretty nice that we’ll all be there next year.”

Blakes said: “I just told him ‘Let’s go over there and play together and see what we can do.’ ”

Biggs is a 6-7 forward at Dorsey High, where he averaged 18.7 points and 8.0 rebounds per game, and was a first-team all-league selection.

All three players were selected to participate in recent California All-Star games. Blakes and Biggs played on opposing squads in both the Ballislife All-American Regional Game and the Collision All-Star Game.

Stevens was also selected to play in both games, but could not attend due to scheduling conflicts.

Blakes was named the MVP of the Ballislife game after finishing with 24 points, eight rebounds and four assists. Biggs’ team, however, won both games.

“It was competitive, but fun at the same time,” Biggs said. “It was big that we could represent Hawaii.”

All three players are planning to arrive in Hawaii in July to attend summer school and start training for next season. They are even trying to become roommates.

“We’re just excited to get out there and put that Hawaii jersey on,” Blakes said.

Here is a video of the Ballislife regional game from www.ballislife.com, with brief clips of Blakes and Biggs:

15 Comments

  1. Wonderful story

  2. Sorry, inadvertent half-finished post.

    Meant to say: Wonderful story ~ thank you!

    Can’t wait to watch this talented trio grow and blossom in Hawai’i.

  3. nice they hold a tight bond and are already best friends…hopefully they can gel with the rest of the team as to becoming one team…when the tough gets ugly we’ll see who’s captain

  4. Wonder if they can convince their other buddy Darnell Taylor to join them.

  5. Wouldn’t it be cool if we are seeing the start of the high school version of the Miami Heat Trio?! You never know.

    Anyway, great off-season story on recruits and look forward for more stories to keep us Basketball fanatics thirst quenched until Oct.

  6. OMG! These high school kids play like seasoned college basketball players. The next basketball season could not come any sooner. Dayton, thanks for keeping us all hyped up during the off season. Keep getting us these great coverages on the recruits.

  7. This is awesome!! I hope that the boys feel welcomed and that we, the fans will do our part this coming season. Hawaii basketball back baby! Maybe we’ll have our Fab5 to cheer on!!

  8. Hope Blakes plays better defense than that last play where he got his ankles broke. Nah, on the real I hope this trio coming in can take this team to the top of the Big West and into the NCAA tournament consistently every year. It’s nice to know Coach Gib got a pretty solid core of players to work with in Blakes, Stevens, Biggs, Wiseman, Miles-Serrano for the next 3-4 yrs…

  9. the trio seems to be super solid as friends and players but also the other two junior college transfer are probably gonna be even better at the start

  10. Look like Gib got some good high school recruits coming in for next season.Thanks Dayton for all this recruiting news.

  11. dayton hopefully u got video of the recruits on their visit

  12. Please check back late tonight for some cool stuff with Dillon Biggs and Gerry Blakes.

  13. By “late tonight” do you mean about midnight?

  14. Yes. Hopefully by midnight, if all goes well.

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