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Nevels signs Letter of Intent


Garrett Nevels fulfilled his commitment to the Hawai’i basketball team by signing an official National Letter of Intent on Friday.

Here is the announcement from the UH Media Relations Department:

HONOLULU – University of Hawai`i men’s basketball coach Gib Arnold announced the signing of another talented guard in the spring signing period. Garrett Nevels of Mount San Antonio College signed a National Letter of Intent and will join the team for the 2013-14 season.

Nevels, a 6-2 guard, will have two years of eligibility with the Rainbow Warriors. The native of Los Angeles helped lead Mt. SAC to its first state junior college men’s hoops title this past spring. He scored 32 points in the championship game against Chaffey College and was the CCCAA State Tournament MVP.

For the season, Nevels averaged 19.8 points per game as a sophomore at Mount SAC and also led the team in rebounding (5.6 rpg) and three-pointers made (49). He shot 57.8 percent shooting from the field, 81.4 percent from the free-throw line and 47.6 percent on three-pointers. Nevels, who was a first-team all-city player at Palisades Charter High School, also led the team with a 3.58 GPA.

“What I like best about Garrett is that he’s a winner,” Arnold said. “His team won the California junior college championship and he was MVP of the tournament. He’s an athletic guard who can shoot and defend. I believe he was the best JC guard in California. We went after him hard and I’m glad he’s a Warrior.”

The Rainbow Warriors already received a commitment from Missouri transfer Webster-Chan, a multi-skilled 6-7 guard, on the first day of the spring signing period. This year’s recruiting class also includes early signees Stefan Jovanovic and Michael Thomas, a pair of California prepsters.

2013-14 Recruiting Class
Stefan Jovanovic, 6-10, 235, C, Fr., Belgrade, Serbia., Bishop Montgomery High School
Garrett Nevels, 6-2, 180, G, Jr., Los Angeles, Calif., Mount San Antonio (Calif.) College
Michael Thomas, 6-6, 200, F, Fr., Woodland Hills, Calif., El Camino Real High School
Negus Webster-Chan, 6-7, 200, G, So., Scarborough, Ontario, University of Missouri


  1. Aloha Garrett!! Do feel free to bring your winning ways to the program…we can’t wait to see you in action! Those are some truly impressive numbers, just gotta make the transition to D-1 and you’ll be all set.

    This years class is looking pretty awesome, seriously can’t wait for the season to start already!

  2. Welcome Aboard, Garrett Nevels !

    KEEP YOUR STREAK Of Championships Going, Please !
    Have a Great Couple of Seasons and a Lifetime of Happiness, esp. including Hawaiʻi…


    NEXT! Quincy Smith?
    Have an Awesome Visit!
    Grab the Golden Ring !
    (Limited Time & NOT Offered to All Who Visit!)

    THATʻs WHY i think NCAA Ought to Have TWO Basketball Seasons…
    Whatʻs Wrong with Giving the Fans what they want and makinʻ more Income?
    Just Like Volleyball and Beach/Sand Volleyball
    Maybe Like Fotu-Style Three on Three

    FOR NOW, we can enjoy our New and Returning Talent Dominating the Manoa Summer League!

  3. FYI: Nevels also did well off the court. He carries a team-best 3.58 GPA and was named California Community College Athletic Association Student Athlete of the Month for March.

  4. Aloha Garrett! Excellent choice in continuing your education and basketball career at UH!

    A good way to forecast the future is by looking at historical results, and it doesn’t get much better than guiding your team to an CCCAA Championship.

  5. Alright Garrett! Welcome aboard as MBB Warrior!!

    Hope Quincy Smith joins too!

    Hope Davis returns, as well, Rozitis could have a great BWC season as senior.

    Team looks very competitive ro 2013-14!!

    PG: Shamburger, possibly Q Smith

    SG: Spearman, Jawato, Harper, Nevels

    Defensive specialist guard: Jefferson

    3 ball specialist and backup PG: Dyrbe Enos

    Forward: Fotu, Standhardinger, Valdes, Thomas

    Centers: Dressler, Davis, Jovanovich

    RS transfer: Negus Webster-Chan

    😀 !!!

  6. Nothin’ like getting a winnah. We’re gonna hope it’s contagious.

  7. Garrett, welcome to the Warrior Ohana (Family).

    Thank you for choosing Hawaii, we hope you will be blessed with all Hawaii has to offer.

  8. Hey Nevels,

    Mahalo for your saying: “I made my best decision for myself” and followed-up with your LOI to the right destination.

    For the 1st time, seeing this many postive, approving comments from our Warriors MBB Visionaries on your choice.
    Probably impressive basketball stats plus inparable GPA of 3.6 really swung it.

    Hawaii realisticly offers the best opportunity for you to excel as much as you would like to achieve!?

    Ten-thousand-fans’ applause is not impossible!

  9. I like guys like Nevels who are proven winners/leaders and also take the classroom just as seriously as the basketball. Seems like a good all around person. Hopefully UH can provide him the platform to showcase his skills and continually improve.

  10. I’m really liking the moves. The team has now become very versatile. Can go small and run, they can go big and run half court sets, they can penetrate and kick for three, go defensive or press. Really versatile. My head is spinning thinking of all the combinations!

    What’s everyone’s favorite preseason line up? I like the probable starting five of:
    PG: shamburger
    SG: spearman
    SF: nevels
    PF: Stanhardinger
    C: Fotu

    And I like the small line up by replacing Stanhardinger or Fotu w/ Valdes. I hope to see mike Harper play more as well. His shot is way better than Jawato’s, whose shot is very flat which means it has to be perfect for it to go in consistently. Mansu Mansu UH Bball. Keep up the good work.

  11. Slowly but surely UH MBB is on track with recruiting the kind of athletes that produce winners on and off the court. No more rebels and head trips. At this point we need to look for quality freshmen as well as seasoned JUCCO players. We are beginning to dip into top 100 players. When we can win consistently each year we will be known as a quality program and big names will give us a second thought. We are beginning to attract players with skills and athleticism. This program is on the upswing and people are noticing it. I think if we improve from this past season and do well in a post-season tournament we will be hearing from a few marquee players. Not saying we can get em but they will keep us on their radars. We are getting there. We are fortunate to have a great recruiter in Gib Arnold. You can be a great coach technically, but if you are a poor recruiter you ain’t going anywhere.

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