Tavita preparing for senior season by training in Hawai’i
Jace Tavita realizes he only has one year remaining to prove his worth as a student and athlete with the Hawaii basketball team. It is why he has opted to stay near the Manoa campus for the entire summer.
“It was a tough decision,” said Tavita, who is from Salt Lake City, Utah. “But I’m taking both sessions of summer school and just to stay in my daily routine – staying here and training … I’m really close to graduating so it’s good that I do these summer sessions to keep me on track.”
Tavita transferred from Utah to Hawaii in January of 2011, but has spent the last season-and-a-half as a redshirt. He had to redshirt one full year due to NCAA transfer rules, then opted to add the second half of last season so that he could have a full season of eligibility in 2012-13.
Tavita, a 6-foot-4 point guard, will be a senior during the 2012-13 season, so it will be his only year in a Hawaii jersey. As it turned out, he is the only
Tavita and junior forward Christian Standhardinger are the only Warriors who will stay in Hawaii for this entire summer. They have already formed a bond as training partners that they hope will help the team in the 2012-13 season.
“For our chemistry, it’s been good, and it’s not just that,” Tavita said. “We’re both competitive people, so we’re making each other better every day, just pushing each other.”
Tavita has spent the past year-and-a-half as a member of the scout team in practices, so he is familiar with the system. As it turns out, the three point guards from last season’s roster are gone – Miah Ostrowski completed his senior season, and Shaquille Stokes and Bobby Miles transferred.
“Hopefully there’s another point guard here – competition is always the best way to get better,” Tavita said. “But there’s a little chip on my shoulder. Those guys were all great players. Miah Ostrowski, what he did for the team as far as leadership and assists and stuff, that’s something that I’m going to have to try and step up and fill in.”
Tavita and Standhardinger will start play in the Hawaii College Basketball Summer League this weekend. Most of the other Warriors are expected to arrive in Honolulu in early July and will join the Summer League for the second half of the season.
(WarriorInsider.com file photo courtesy Brandon Flores)