World Wide Warriors: Bartlett, Tennessee
In addition to the seven international players on the roster for the Hawaii basketball team, there are players from six different states in America.
Senior guard/forward Hauns Brereton is the first player in UH basketball history to hail from Tennessee. Although he has Samoan ancestry on his mother’s side of the family and relatives in Hawaii, Brereton was raised in Bartlett, Tenn., near Memphis.
“When I was little, I grew up knowing Davy Crockett was from there,” he said. “I used to run around with a raccoon hat just like Dave Crockett.”
While football is popular in the Volunteer State, Brereton said basketball is the sport of choice in the Memphis area. He noted that former NBA all-star Anfernee Hardaway and current NBA player Thaddeus Young grew up in Memphis.
Memphis is also known for its tangy barbecue, and Brereton said it is worthy of accolades. “They got kalua pig here, we got nice pulled pork in Memphis. Similar. But gotta bring that Memphis barbecue,” he said.
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Joaquim has injured knee
Senior center Vander Joaquim will miss the opening weeks of practice due to a knee injury.
The injury to his right knee occurred during a team workout session on Wednesday. Joaquim was able to leave the court on his own, and it was later diagnosed as an injury to his MCL.
Hawai’i head coach Gib Arnold said Joaquim will have to sit out the next four to six weeks of workouts and practices.
The Warriors will begin official team practices on October 12, with the first game scheduled for November 9.