Brereton wins King of the Beach
Hauns Brereton came to the University of Hawaii men’s basketball team with a reputation as a multi-skilled player.
He proved it on Saturday, by winning the second annual “King of the Beach” competition at Waikiki Beach.
The Warriors capped their preseason conditioning with the intrasquad competition in the early morning hours of Oct. 8. The players went through 19 different drills and races in the sand at Waikiki Beach, and points were awarded to the top finishers in each drill/race.
Brereton, a 6-foot-7 junior forward, compiled the most points, edging teammate – and fellow newcomer – Christian Standhardinger by one point.
“Everybody was competing and you just have to make it so you’re consistent in the (standings) and try to get one through three each time,” Brereton said.
Several of the drills required the Warriors to compete in pairs, and interestingly enough, Brereton and Standhardinger racked up many of their points when they were partners.
It is also interesting to note that both players were far from the beach last season, when they were in Nebraska. Brereton is in his first season at Hawaii after transferring from Western Nebraska Community College; Standhardinger is in his first season at Hawaii after transferring from Nebraska (he will have to redshirt this season due to NCAA transfer rules).
Senior Zane Johnson placed third for the second consecutive year. Bill Amis won the inaugural King of the Beach last season.
Hawaii head coach Gib Arnold said he was not surprised at the results. “Came down to the wire again, to the last event,” he said. “I think the favorites came through. I thought those three would be fighting for it.”
As the winner of the competition, Brereton will get his name placed on the perpetual koa bowl trophy, and will get to display it atop his locker in the team’s locker room at the Stan Sheriff Center.
The King of the Beach competition marked the end of the preseason conditioning program for the Warriors. Official practices will begin on Friday, Oct. 14.
The annual Ohana Hoopfest, however, will take place on Oct. 21 to coincide with UH’s homecoming week.
Of note, 14 players participated in the King of the Beach competition. Iolani graduate Kainoa Chu was not among them, as it appears a knee injury will prevent him from playing with the Warriors this season.