World Wide Warriors: El Segundo, California
Brandon Jawato spent some of his early childhood in Indonesia, but there is no doubt that he is a Southern California guy. When asked what California is most famous for, he responded: “I’m going to say the Los Angeles Lakers, baby.”
Jawato, a 6-foot-4 redshirt freshman, came to the Hawaii basketball team a year ago from El Segundo, which is part of Los Angeles County. Unlike the other seven freshmen on the 2012-13 roster, he has a year of practice experience with the Warriors behind him.
Jawato did not appear in any games last season as a redshirt, but he was allowed to practice with the team, and played a key role with the scout team.
While the redshirt year allowed him to adjust to the Hawaii lifestyle, he said he still misses his family and friends in Southern California … and Mexican food.
Jawato said baseball was probably the most popular sport in El Segundo, but he stayed with basketball and it paid off with several all-star honors when he was at El Segundo High School.
He grew up near beaches in Southern California, but said there is no comparison to the pristine beaches of Hawaii.
“The sand is beautiful and the water is perfect and clear,” he said in picking Hawaii beaches over Southern California beaches.