World Wide Warriors: Whittier, California
Aaron Valdes is not quite an official member of the Hawai’i basketball team, although it should be just a matter of time.
Valdes, a 6-foot-5 freshman guard/forward, is still awaiting NCAA clearance to join the Warriors. Although he has not participated in team and individual workouts, he has been hanging out with the members of the team and playing in open gym sessions.
Valdes is from Whittier, California, where he was a standout in both basketball and water polo while growing up. “Quiet – it’s peaceful, not much to do, though, except play sports,” he said of his hometown.
Like the other Warriors from the Southern California area, Valdes said he misses the food. He noted that In-N-Out Burger and certain types of Mexican restaurants can not be found in Honolulu.
In any case, Valdes is hoping to be cleared in time to participate in the ‘Ohana Hoopfest on October 12. He has a 38-inch vertical jump, and has wowed teammates during open gym sessions with some of his dunks.