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Orel Lev arrives; will redshirt remainder of this season

Orel Lev made the long trip from Israel to Honolulu this week, but he’ll have to wait a little longer to put on a game uniform with the Hawaii basketball team.

Lev, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard, signed with the Warriors during the early period in November, and will enroll in classes at UH for the spring semester, which starts this week.

He will redshirt the remainder of this season, and will be eligible to play in games as a freshman during the 2012-13 season.

He averaged 25 points and 5 assists per game for his high school in Tel Aviv last season, and was also a captain of Israel’s under-18 national team.

“My grades came in late, so I couldn’t sign for the (fall) semester,” he said of his arrival in mid-season.

Lev said he was working out on his own in Israel for the past few months in preparation for his arrival in Hawaii.

“I think I’m going to bring a little stuff on the offense and defense, too,” he said. “I can shoot from the outside and penetrate, and play defense.”

Lev observed Monday’s practice, and still needs to fill out some paperwork before he can start practicing with the rest of the Warriors.

Hawaii, which is 9-6 overall and 1-0 in the Western Athletic Conference, is scheduled to depart Honolulu on Tuesday night for a two-game road trip. The Warriors will play WAC games at Fresno State on Thursday, and then at Nevada on Saturday.


  1. Aloha and welcome. We are looking forward to seeing you on the court.

  2. Welcome Orel. I have a feeling he’s going to make as big an impact as the last isreali to play for the warrior basketball team.

  3. My love, good for you! 🙂
    I know you will succeed and show everyone who you are!
    You have a special talent that no one can take.
    Miss here in Israel ! <3

  4. aloha orel.

    aloha daniel. in america i believe your name would be spelled danielle.

  5. Aloha, Orel, Mahalo (Thank You) for the Long Distance Support, Daniel and for supporting Orel in helping us and learning here in Hawai’i…

    We also had a World Class Israeli Volleyball Star — Yuval Katz, who i understand is still big in the homeland — although he says there is nothing so big (and exciting) as his experience here in Hawai’i (at our Stan Sheriff Center) — we’re looking forward to Orel helping raise our basketball team to those higher levels …

  6. Aloha, Daniel:

    pleasant surprises for Hawaii-
    Orel came this early;
    seeing your full support for him right here.

    you said it. he so intelligent and talented, now with the proper guidance of the excellent UH Coaching Staff..
    keep it up, his future will be as bright as he can dream of!

    congrats to you for knowing someone so special!

    do you like volleyball, basketball, tennis.. crack your grades, come joint him and-
    find out how much Hawaii will love you, too.

  7. and haim shimonvich.

  8. Orel, have your team mates staying back with you take you to Rainbow Drive In and have a big plate lunch. Eat good and hit the weight room ,get strong.

  9. Awesome! I am so excited for 2012-2013 edition of UH Basketball!!!!!

    Vander, Joston, Fotu/Hauns, Orel, and Stokes will be an incredibly athletic lineup, add Jefferson off the bench, and could be the best physical line up assembled at UH since the Fab 5 days. Gib will have the athletes next year play more uptempo if they want to.

    We’ll see how this year’s group of redshirts sitting this year out develop also.

    If Vander can develop his left hand post moves and Hauns&Orel shoot up to their potential, UH will be a dominate team in the Big West. Now that Joston has bought into what Gib’s been preaching, we’re seeing a star fulfilling his potential. Stokes is the X factor for UH’s future. He’s still learning the team game (he’s a phenomenal 1-om-1 player and running the break from his Harlem upbringing) and once he learns how to run the offense and play under control under pressure, he sky is the limit for him. He has elite quickness, but only lacks height.

    This year’s team would compete for Big West title, but next year’s squad will be much better and Long Beach St graduates most of their starters this year. UH could very well be NCAA tournament bound in 2013

  10. bad decision..gib gonna put you in the doghouse

  11. Hey Dayton can you please put hawaiifan09 into the doghouse, he’s a troll that’s starting to invade wsn as well… Sometimes it takes teamwork to eradicate these pests…

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