World Wide Warriors: Salt Lake City, Utah
Jace Tavita opted to stay in Hawai’i this summer instead of returning to his home in Salt Lake City, Utah.
He’s hoping the extra work he put in – athletically and academically – will pay off with a trip for the entire Hawai’i basketball team to Salt Lake City in March.
“Hopefully the next time I get to come home is for the NCAA Tournament,” the senior guard said. “I know there’s a round in Utah, so you never know, maybe we can make it back.”
Salt Lake City is home to the NBA’s Utah Jazz, and there is no NFL franchise in Utah. Still, Tavita said football is the most popular sport in the state. He played football through his sophomore year of high school before concentrating solely on basketball his junior and senior years.
“I played varsity my freshman and sophomore year, and then I decided to stick with basketball,” he said. “My freshman year I played receiver, and then my sophomore year I played quarterback.”
His concentration on basketball paid off with a spot on the hometown University of Utah team in 2008. He eventually transferred to Hawaii in December 2010, and will finally make his playing debut as a Warrior this season.