Standhardinger staying in Hawai’i to train for season
Christian Standhardinger has been away from basketball long enough. If he has to stay away from family and friends for a few months to improve his game, it is a sacrifice he is willing to make.
Standhardinger, a 6-foot-9 forward for the Hawai’i basketball team, said he will stay in Hawai’i for the entire summer to improve his chances of helping the Warriors during the 2012-13 season. Standhardinger is originally from Germany. He is one of only two players (Utah’s Jace Tavita is the other) on the Hawaii roster who is currently in Honolulu.
“I didn’t play basketball for about one year and next year counts,” Standhardinger said. “I’m very motivated for next season … I just want to focus on school, get ahead in school, and practice on my game to be as good as possible. All the weaknesses I have in my game, I’m trying to get out before the season starts.”
Standhardinger played at Nebraska during the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons, is expected to be a key contributor for the Warriors, filling a void left by departed forwards Joston Thomas and Trevor Wiseman. Standhardinger averaged 8.5 points and 4.2 rebounds during his Nebraska career, and became a starter late in his freshman season.
Standhardinger and senior-to-be Jace Tavita have spent many hours recently working out together on the UH campus.
“Sometimes we work out by ourselves,” Standhardinger said. “But most of the time we work with each other. We work on each other’s game … that’s the main reason why I’m staying here and I know Jace is very motivated to play his best game.”
Standhardinger and Tavita are serving as instructors for the Hawai’i Basketball Camp, which drew more than 100 participants last week. They will also work at the second session of the camp on June 12-15.
“It’s amazing to see the young kids playing basketball; very talented, very skilled kids,” he said. “It’s just good to interact with the kids.”