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2013 Awards Banquet

Celebration and hope were the themes of the night at the University of Hawai’i Men’s Basketball Awards Banquet on Wednesday night at the Hilton Hawaiian Village.

The Warriors celebrated the 2012-13 season, and four players received special recognition:

• Junior Christian Standhardinger received the Art Woolaway Most Outstanding Player Award. The 6-foot-8 forward led the Warriors in scoring at 15.8 points per game, and was second in rebounding with 7.9 per game. He is one of only two players in UH history to record 500 points and 250 rebounds in a season. He also led the team in steals with 45, and had a .510 field goal percentage. Standhardinger, who is originally from Germany, was a first-team All-Big West Conference selection.

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• Senior Jace Tavita received the Ah Chew Goo Most Inspirational Player Award. The 6-4 point guard led the Big West Conference in assists with 5.7 per game. Tavita was recognized as a vocal leader of the 2012-13 team. The coaches noted that Tavita and his family paid for his schooling, as he was a non-scholarship player. It was also noted that Tavita showed significant improvement academically, and is on target to graduate this year.

• Senior Hauns Brereton received the Academic Award. The 6-6 guard/forward is majoring in business, and is on target to graduate within a year. He was also a key contributor on the court, averaging 10.0 points and 3.7 rebounds per game.

• Junior forward/center Davis Rozitis received the Best Defensive Player Award. The 7-footer played a key reserve role for the Warriors during the 2012-13 season. In particular, he played at the top of the key in UH’s “point zone” defense that often caused confusion for opponents.

Senior center Vander Joaquim – who won the Most Outstanding Player Award last year – did not attend the banquet, but for a good reason. It was announced at the banquet that Joaquim departed Honolulu this week to participate in the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament at Portsmouth, Virginia. The tournament features 64 seniors who are considered pro prospects, and numerous scouts attend the event.

The last Hawai’i player to participate in the Portsmouth Invitational was Roderick Flemings in 2010. Joaquim averaged 13.8 points and 8.2 rebounds per game during the 2012-13 season, but ended his senior campaign on a down note when he left the team during the second half of the season-ending loss to Air Force.

Much of the talk at the banquet was also about the hope for improved success during the 2013-14 season. Several key players are eligible to return, including Standhardinger and Big West Conference co-Freshman of the Year Isaac Fotu.

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Also, point guard Keith Shamburger will become eligible as a junior after sitting out the 2012-13 season due to NCAA transfer rules.

Also in attendance at the banquet were two players the Warriors would like to add next season. Corey Allen and Garrett Nevels – the starting backcourt for the championship team at Mount San Antonio College (Calif.) – made their official recruiting visit to Honolulu this week.

Per NCAA rules, the Hawaii coaches could not acknowledge the presence of the recruits at the banquet, nor could they comment on the players.

(Banquet photos courtesy Chase Simmons)

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8 Comments

  1. with both recruits looking to take the rest of their visits doesn’t look as promising anymore….1 thing we can guarantee them is playing time compared to seton hall, new mexico, utep or pitt unless they’re that good to get minutes

  2. Congratulations, Awardees AND Returnees…

    Key factors inContinuing and Improving Success…

    ————–

    Offers to Backcourt Recruits:
    PT
    Unselfish & Talented Teammates; Likely Beyond what theyʻve previously had;
    Talented, Good-Finishing High-Percentage BIGS — Passes Become Assists/Scores
    Hawaiʻi: ALL-Year Great Weather, Food, People, Wahine & Beaches
    MAKE A Difference HERE…(They Might Not Matter at Many of the Other Schools they listed)
    (We Beat PITT for Isaac Fotu…)

  3. hawaiifan09 and Eagle:

    I agree with both of you.

    One, congratulations to the great young guys who are true MBB ohana!

    Two: Nevels, and Allen, at least Gib taking a shot at two JC gets that some big schools are after.

    Three: Agreed, guys coming back have to work hard in whatever their future will be, in school or secular world.

    And finally, This Warrior Insider MBB site, is the best one I have had the privilege to have had a share in. Support and family, fans from Australia to Croatia , Memphis to Chicago, Latvia to Kapalama Heights.

    Gib keep on working the recruiting trail. You have good staff in Benjy, Brandyn, Fish, and Chris M.

    Go Warriors!

    Hope Hunter and Eagle are doing well. Good health to you brothers!

    Wish great success, with hard off season work, and summer , get stronger, quicker, smarter, shoot well, and defend well. And true eagle, maybe, Jamie Dixon and Gib have a showdown with Allen. At least Gib going after some quality talent, and good young guys and students!

    Can’t Wait till Summer 2nd session, when the new guys start coming in!

    Also, we shall see in a week or two, if any 1 or 2 players sign to help UH get scoring and or PG help!!

    😀

  4. Dayton, that is one cool video. Great Ohana, family feel! To think that Gib has support for his program by Gov. and Mayor, those are some heavy hitters. Very gracious, and positive banquet. I know not all can attend, so in behalf of those that were able to view the video , thank you very, very much Dayton , WI and the Schmidts.

    I think UH Warrior MBB program, doing it the right way, the high character, good people and good athlete type, will translate to solid , stable athletic team for years to come. Ben J. you have to do what you have to do., If you extend Gib the one year, he can continute to recruit, RS , build for next several years. Next year, with addition of Shamburger, Valdes, Thomas, the athleticism is there to complement, Spearman, Jefferson, Davis, Jawato, Standhardinger , Fotu, and the MBB ohana.

    That was once, again a great video and Banquet!

  5. We are very happy to have sponsored WI to attend the UH Men’s Banquet on Wed nite. Dayton got some great video as you can see. My favorite was the awards presentation and to hear Christian do a shout out to his Aunty. It was a great way to recognize family. Chase also got some great photos from the banquet. The photos help all of you get a feel of what was going on that nite. And I enjoyed seeing the team dressed up instead of in their usual jerseys.

    BTW, Hunter is doing well resting at home. (For the wrap up play by play, please see the “Good Luck Hunter article. I added a comment at the end. Also, Dayton added the pic of Davis visiting Hunter in the hospital)

    It was a great UH Basketball banquet to end the season. As always, WI gives you the scoop to make you feel as though you were there!

  6. Glad to learn that Hunter is doing well. Time and patience. Get stronger every day. When I hear the name Hunter it reminds me of the TV series, Hunter, starring Fred Dryer an Stephanie Kramer. Hunter’s signature line in the show was , “It works for me.” Just a little side bar!

  7. Thank You, Valerie, Tony & Especially Hunter
    Whose Love for & Joy in the Team
    is a Big Part of their Continuing Support and from which WE All Benefit
    You Represent The Heart of this Team, Hunter!

    Mahalo No to Dayton, Chase & WI.com Staff & Supporters All Season, ALL Year!

    To The Mayor & Governator: Who has a Real Good ʻDaily Exampleʻ of OHANA: In Response to ʻThe Donaldʻ: I KNOW he — POTUS, The President of The United States – was born here, i remember his Parents carrying him around campus and showing him to All the Faculty & Staff, Back when the Future Governor was More Famous for just being a Professor and Outspoken Activist…

    WHO KNOWS Where Hunter & The Members of This Team will end up Contributing & Making a Difference…

  8. If I could say one thing to recruits Corey Allen and Garrett Nevels, I would tell them that they have a great opportunity to make a good Hawaii team great and dominate in a conference and compete against other guards that are considered tops in the nation.

    They would compliment the rest of the team perfectly and could definitely stand out and make a real difference immediately. With their commitment, I have no doubt in my mind that Hawaii would be projected to finish first in the conference next year. How many other schools that are pursuing them could say those kind of things? None.

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