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Joaquim is WAC Player of the Week

The Hawaii basketball team got its first honor of the season from the Western Athletic Conference on Monday, when Vander Joaquim was named the WAC Player of the Week.

Joaquim, a 6-foot-10 junior center, averaged 17.5 points, 12.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocked shots in Hawaii’s two victories on Neighbor Islands last week. He had 19 points and 17 rebounds in a win over Hawaii-Hilo, then finished with 16 points and seven rebounds in a victory over North Carolina A&T. He also went 13 of 20 from the field (65 percent) and 9 of 10 on free throws (90 percent) in the two games.

It is the first time in his career that Joaquim was named the WAC Player of the Week. Two Hawaii players received the honor last season — Hiram Thompson and Zane Johnson.

Joaquim and the Warriors returned to Honolulu from Maui on Sunday night. The Warriors’ next three games will be in the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic. Hawaii will open against Auburn on Thursday at 8 p.m. in the Stan Sheriff Center. The next two games in the tournament will be on Friday and Sunday.


  1. Vander ! Nice Bounce Back from the Previous Emotional Challenges —
    Balancing, Stepping Up Just In Time to Take On The Big Boys in The Diamond Head Classic; Then The WAC !

    Looking for Similar from…

    Zane …
    Hauns …
    Joston …
    Bobby Miles …

    MORE Good Things …

    even Shaq !

  2. Good job Joaquim! Let’s take that good stuff into the Diamond Head Classic.

  3. A lot of people like to point out the negatives… here is some positive feedback! Go Vander! Go Warriors! See you at the Diamond Head Classic!

  4. Great job Vander!

    I’m very excited for next season. Vander and incoming signee Fotu will be a force down low and Joston can move the three position (where he’s best suited). Stokes in his second year should be much improved and hopefully less turnover prone. UH will be deep with big bodies, which is rare outside the big conferences. Once Stokes gets a better grasp of D1 talent & defenders, he will be a great player… He’s still a little raw at this level of competition. He’s a very good scorer, but he’s a little careless with the ball. The good news is that can be fixed.

    Right now, UH needs Zane to get out of his shooting funk and they need to take care of the ball. Looks like Gib still hasn’t found the right chemistry on the court yet. It’ll take some time, but they need to get it functioning 100% by conference season.

  5. Dayton: Was wondering if you’re planning on doing a scouting report and breakdown of the teams coming in for the Diamond Head Classic?
    Although I’m a season ticket holder and follow the UH team pretty closely (which your website helps with a lot, by the way, so thanks), between work, kids and family, and especially at this time of the year, I don’t have much time to keep up with college basketball in general so I don’t have a lot of in depth knowledge about the teams in this year’s field.
    I *think* I remember you used to do something like this for when you wrote for the paper?
    Anyway, just wondering.

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