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World Wide Warriors: Vancouver, Washington

Caleb Dressler is from Vancouver, Washington, and he points out that one of the main attractions of the state is the Oregon-Washington Trail. “Lewis and Clark went into Washington as well as Oregon, so I guess that’s probably the most famous thing,” he said.

Dressler is now looking to blaze his own trail with the Hawai’i basketball team. He is a rarity not only because he is a 6-foot-10 center, but more so because he is a true freshman. The last center to contribute as a freshman for the program was Haim Shimonovich in 2001.

Dressler said football was the most popular sport where he grew up, but he stayed with basketball for obvious height reasons.

As a result, he is now in Hawai’i, enjoying the drastic change in weather from his hometown. He described the weather in Vancouver as: “It’s down pouring rain every season of the year. Probably during the summer is the only time it gets kind of warm.”

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‘Ohana Hoopfest on October 12

The UH media relations department released details for the annual ‘Ohana Hoopfest. Here is the info:

HONOLULU – The University of Hawai’i men’s and women’s basketball squads will be officially introduced during the 2012 “UH ‘Ohana Hoopfest” Friday, Oct. 12, in the Stan Sheriff Center. Admission to the Hoopfest is free.

The event will be part of the UH Homecoming week festivities and will begin at approximately 9:15 p.m., following the UH-Cal State Northridge women’s volleyball match. Fans attending the women’s volleyball match are encouraged to stay and will be treated to entertainment and giveaways. All others fans will be allowed into the Stan Sheriff Center near the conclusion of the women’s volleyball match.

The event will include the introduction of both the men’s and women’s teams, a slam dunk contest, celebrity games and an autograph session. Hoopsfest marks the official start of fall practice for the men’s squad. The women’s begin fall camp on Oct. 2.

The Rainbow Warriors, under the direction of three-year head coach Gib Arnold, return four players and three redshirt players from last year’s squad that finished 16-16, including first-team all-conference center Vander Joaquim. A group of eight talented newcomers join this year’s squad. Hawai’i plays an exhibition against Hawai’i Pacific on Nov. 2 and officially opens the regular-season against Maryland-Eastern Shore on Nov. 9 in the Outrigger Hotels & Resorts Rainbow Classic.


  1. Caleb mahalo and aloha for choosing to become a UH MBB warrior!

    Been watching your summer league games and open gym. You are big physcial center, you band with the big boys Vande, Davis,Christian and Isaac. You have no fear!! You can be enforcer type. Nice shooting touch, and great BBIQ, love your pick and rolls with Manroop and Jace and Dyrbe…Keep on working with strength coordinator and listen to coach fish who is a Hall of Fame National Baskeball League player in Australia pro league..Fish was a good one..

    Caleb, you will be key part of group with Vander out for awhile, now you Davis and Isaac will have to step it up..and seeing you from first of July till now Oct 2 2012..you have lost weight, put on good muscle, becoming a lean machine as a potential great young Big..skies the limit, keep on working. your parents and family and friends from Washington state can be supremely proud of you Caleb!

    Mahalo Caleb and thaks Dayto for report/interview!!

  2. Caleb will be a huge part of our frontcourt for years to come. Really like his upside potential.

  3. Welcome aboard Mr. Dressler! Keep on working hard at both your sport and studies. Also keep up that great attitude in learning the game. I like the fact you’re willing to ask questions to better your game

  4. Caleb Dressler! Our Center of the Future…
    And The Future may be sooner than some think…

    Thanks for making Hawai’i Your Choice
    I know many are looking for it to work in the short and long run…
    Great Set-Up! Great Skills and Work Ethic!!
    Transition Up with Seniors/Juniors Vander, Davis & Christian
    Long, Successful Future with Isaac, The Freshmen and a Few Players to be named later…

  5. Aloha, Caleb:

    congrates for your progress in the #1of 6 Seasons of 2012-2013. >> AIM HIGHER.
    you are a great contributor in inpressing or convincing the propective recruit to joint you.
    no problem adopting to the Paradise Environments.
    Hawaii thrilled & proud to be working with you to develop your talents for UH MBB Warriors ___

    ~ 1st early-season Freshman signee.
    ~ 1st significant “Big” addition.
    ~ appreciative of Hawaiian weather, culture.. (home).
    ~ mentally tough in the Post.
    ~ totally “fit” in TEAM attitude.
    ~ good academic achievement.
    ~ unique MBB talents & potentials.
    ~ indiligent, dedicated for improvement.
    ~ problematic physical conditioning.
    ~ limited skill, agility, footworks, jumping, manuverability.
    ~ immediate need to eliminate RS speculation.
    ~ no Sunday-quarterbacking needed or necessary.
    ~ time is running short.

    Coach Laura Beeman says:
    (1) Do you love Hawaii?
    (2) Do you want to win?

  6. He needs to continue working on getting into better shape and improving himself physically… but he’s got a good skill set. Much better skills and upside potential than some of the JC plugs that RW and BN would bring in. I recall that one of those JC 7-footers actually scored a basket for the other team. That was shamefully awesome!

  7. Dayton, how’s about some open gym video?

  8. if possible you could squeeze it in between the player introductions your on now.

    can can no can no can


  9. Pocho and others,

    Appreciate your continued support and zest for more player highlights. Unfortunately, I think that might be it for open gym sessions. The coaches have the players going hard in individual workouts (which are closed) and conditioning.

    Full practices are just a week away, and I think the coaches/players are preparing themselves for those upcoming battles. Not sure what I’ll be allowed to video once practices start, but will do my best to keep you guys updated.

    Thanks again.

  10. On behalf of a core of great UH MBB fans and a growing base of new ones…Mahalo plenty for videos throughout the year…from the downside of the 4 athlete exodus this spring to the arrival of the last pieces of the 2012-13 team

    I tell you Dayton, thanks to your hard work and your staff ,and tremendous shout out to the Schmidts super sponsorship, this site is a blessing for any UH MBB fan…well moderated, open, objective and Fun.

    Thank you. And , even if you are limited to an interview or two, that is fine..great job!!

    Mahalo , Aloha and much thanks from UH MBB from the 808 and around the globe!!

  11. Dayton,

    thank you for making it clear that the open gym is no more. I appreciate your response and the current personal video of individual players.

  12. DITTO…

    Thanks, Dayton
    The Player Intros are a Great Step Up…
    Their Personalities, and GOOD-Ness shines through…
    Great Effort on Your Part, As Always….

    i DO Hope the Coaches will allow some Video/Camera Time during practices…
    For Both You and The Feature Shows, TV Stations…
    i Expect the coaches recognize they need to help generate interest to Boost Attendance & Ticket Sales

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