More on Michael Harper; more from open gym
Michael Harper understands that he is in an “underdog” role when it comes to earning playing time for the Hawai’i basketball team this season.
Harper, a 6-foot-4 freshman guard, was basically unrecruited out of Trinity Grammar School in Melbourne, Australia. Based on his performances in the Hawai’i College Basketball Summer League and in preseason workouts with the Warriors, it seems remarkable that he had to ask NCAA programs across America for an invitation.
“I was going through the recruiting process and I sent out a lot of e-mails,” he said. “University of Hawai’i got back to me and it all went from there.”
In an effort to prove his worth, Harper arrived on the UH campus in July to attend summer school classes and participate in summer workouts. The left-hander has emerged as a long-range shooting threat, and was recently clocked as one of the fastest runners on the team during strength and conditioning drills.
“The Australian attitude – hard work, underdog, just a lot of effort on court and off the court, helping the teammates,” he said. “I come from a combo 1-2 guard background, but what ever the team needs.”
Harper said he is “loving it” in Hawaii so far, especially because of the weather. It is currently winter in Australia, with temperatures in the 50s.
Australia, like Hawaii, is known for its beaches and surf, but Harper said he prefers to stay in the gym.
“I’m a bit pasty,” he said with a laugh. “The sun’s not really my friend. Indoor sports, that’s the way to go.”
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