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Redshirts looking to make a difference next season


Redshirt seasons are not just about “sitting out.” It is also about learning, adjusting and having fun.

The 2012-13 season was just that for redshirts Dyrbe Enos and Aaron Valdes with the Hawai’i basketball team. Both players served valuable roles on the scout team in practices, while also adjusting to college life.

Enos, a 5-foot-9 guard, is a 2012 graduate of Kamehameha-Kapalama, and the only Hawai’i-raised player on the UH roster. Valdes, a 6-5 wing, came to UH via La Jolla Prep in California.

“It’s way faster than high school, that’s for sure,” Enos said of his first year with the Warriors. “Especially coming from Hawaii, the guys are bigger, stronger, faster, quicker, taller.

“I thought (the redshirt year) helped me a lot, actually, because it got me ready for this year and it got me used to the pace that they played at, which is a lot faster.”

Enos often played the role of sharpshooter for the scout team, and he said it allowed him to expand his range.

“I think getting used to the defense, they show, and getting my shot off and all that stuff, I think I developed it on the scout team,” he said.

Transfer Keith Shamburger was also a member of the scout team, and he played the role of point guard in practices. Enos said he will likely have to start developing into a point guard over the next few years to earn playing time.

“Because of my height, coach wanted me at the 1, but in high school and growing up, I grew up as a combo 1-2,” he said. “I’ll probably have to develop at the 1.”


Valdes consistently wowed teammates during practices with his putback-dunks and breakaway slams, and he too, said the redshirt year was a valuable one.

“I learned the physical aspect of the game, coming from prep school to Division I,” he said. “I got to see all the different styles of play. I got to see all the players in our conference, how good they are. It was a good learning experience for me, learning from Hauns (Brereton) who was a senior, and (Brandon) Spearman, who’s a junior going to be a senior.”

Due to paperwork issues, Valdes was a late arrival to UH last year. This time, he’ll have a full off-season to get ready and he plans to make the most of it.

“I’m going home on May 7, but I’ll be returning for the second session of summer school and summer league, so I’ll be here for that,” he said.


  1. You go Dyrbe! Represent Hawaii! You can be Miah O. with a jump shot!
    Great dedication, thanks to your family for letting you be a part of UH student body and RS walkon to MBB team. Have a great off season, and look forward to your play next season!


  2. Airon V. Jump and fly next year! You are going to bring D, hops and athleticism and excitement to the SSC and the BWC next year. Airon V. tear it up, and have a great summer, and look forward to you battling Negus and Jefferson for slam dunk championship in Oct 2013!!


  3. Man….I love Dybe and Aaron’s attitudes. Gib the high character recruiter now, even RS’s or invitees to team. Are really cool, humble, yet hard working guys. No wonder, there are possibly 11 great returning players for next year!

    Love your video updates, featuring, Christian, Davis, Spearman, Jefferson, Shamburger, Dressler, Fotu, Enos , Jawato, Harper and Valdes, super classy young men. I am really impressed. Actually have great respect for Oz and Roop, made a decision that would bring them happiness and their families. Still chance for them to have great careers.

    Thankyou so very much to Oz and Roop for finishing Spring UH Semester in excellent academic standing. The whole state of Hawaii, the University, the Maniacs, the fanbase, Warrior Insider Global Nation, applauds, you two, wish much success to Oz and Roop too!!


  4. Good Realistic Outlooks and Perspectives, Dyrbe & Aaron!

    AIM High & True…
    Iʻm sure Coach has advised Do Not Hesitate to Blast 2 or 3 Threes Dyrbe —
    Shock our opponents before they adjust …
    Or Aaron Slam a Backdoor, Block or Fast Break or Two
    and Fire Up the Students & Fans (and Team)

    Much Blog Talk here and other sites about 2 to 2.5 per game Freshman averages whether points or rebounds, etc.
    i think, in perspective, Manroop and Ozi did o.k./fine .. We All woulda wanted more…
    Yet that is on a Par with even a known talent like Negus Webster-Chan
    Just makes a Solid Start like Isaacʻs more to appreciate…

    AIM High & True
    Style Points with Your Threes & Slams
    Freshmen Influence!

    [Cheap (Free) Redshirt Freshman Haiku –Jim Leahy do you monitor Any Sites? Then THIS ONE!]

  5. Next year is going to be like night and day for us in the BWC! Last season our guards were tall and strong (Brereton, Tavita) but couldn’t keep up with the quicker, more athletic BWC guards. However, with Valdes and Shamburger being eligible, Spearman coming back from injury, and the additions of Nevels, I’d say we match up fairly well. Big West title contenders, for sure! Also looking forward to seeing Enos’ sharpshooter skills, hopefully he can be a difference maker as well.

  6. Breaking news from Garrett Nevels: Finally signed that letter of intent. It’s truly a blessing. Hawaii here I come!! #GoWarriors

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