‘New’ Warriors shine bright in summer
Warrior basketball fans got to watch two of the many new faces on the 2012-13 team during Thursday night’s Hawai’i College Summer League action, and the duo did not disappoint.
Junior forward Christian Standhardinger scored a team-high 31 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, blocked one shot and had one steal to lead Flipbooks Hawai’i to a 102-85 victory over Solar Hawai’i at Manoa Valley District Park gym. Standhardinger, a 6-foot-8 transfer from Nebraska who redshirted last season, made 13 of 16 field goals — mostly from close range — and was 5 of 8 from the free throw line. He also drew a charge and committed one turnover.
Meanwhile, freshman guard Dyrbe Enos, a 5-9 walk-on from Kamehameha, scored 13 points — including three 3-pointers — and added one steal off the bench for Solar Hawai’i.
This was the second straight 30-point game for Standhardinger, who poured in 33 points (including 22 in the second half) Saturday in a victory over National Fire Protection in the league opener.
“That was my first game after one year,” said Standhardinger, who practiced with the Warriors this past season but did not suit up. “(Sitting out) was one of the hardest things I’ve had to do in my whole entire life.”
He played Thursday like someone starved from a desert trek suddenly at the front of a buffet line, constantly attacking the basket for points and rebounds, banging with Solar post James Williams and showing vocal emotion on every big basket or officials’ call.
“The biggest strength I bring (to UH) is I want to win,” said Standhardinger, still beaming like LeBron James even 10 minutes after the final buzzer. “I have a skill set that I know how to use, and I’m working on other things to be as good a player as I can be. I really, really want to win — that’s what it comes down to.”
Standhardinger said that in between summer league games, he has been training daily at UH with Warriors senior guard Jace Tavita, who also redshirted this past season after transferring from Utah.
“We take a lot of shots, we shoot and play against each other,” Standhardinger said. “We also lift (weights) and run. It’s easier when you do it together.”
Enos, a two-time All-State selection at Kamehameha, was 3 of 5 from 3-point range in the first half, including a 22-footer at the buzzer. He saw limited action in last year’s summer league but said he is more comfortable this time around.
“I’m a little more confident, I have the same teammates, so that helps,” Enos said. “The game is a little faster (than high school), but I think I can adapt.”
Enos said he has been working out with a personal trainer at the Nu’uanu YMCA this summer.
“I’m trying to get faster, quicker with my first step,” Enos said. “I’m pushing to get better (overall).”
Enos’ Solar Hawai’i teammate, former ‘Iolani and Washington State guard Derrick Low, led all scorers with 32 points Thursday night.
“I learn a lot when he’s on the court,” Enos said of Low, who set tempo and dished out several assists while playing at the point most of the night. “He was my No. 1 role model when it comes to basketball. He’s an outstanding athlete.”
Enos said his brother, Rykin, a former Warrior walk-on, also has been giving him tips about the college game.
Former UH guard Bobby Nash added 17 points for Solar.
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