Webster-Chan commits to transfer to Hawai’i
The Hawai’i basketball team got its first commitment for the upcoming Spring signing period, and it’s a good one.
Negus Webster-Chan, a 6-foot-7 combo guard who was once recruited by many of the top programs in the country, said he is committed to transferring to the Warriors for the 2013-14 season.
Webster-Chan made an official recruiting visit to Hawai’i this week and apparently saw enough to make up his mind.
“It’s just a great environment with great people and the coaching staff is great,” he said. “I really enjoyed my time.”
Webster-Chan played his freshman season at Missouri this past season, and averaged 2.5 points and 2.0 rebounds per game. He started six games early in the season, but his playing time diminished later in the year and he requested – and received – a release from the school just last week.
Hawai’i was the first, and only, school he visited since his “re-recruitment” opened.
“The players are all posititve here; there’s no egos,” Webster-Chan said. “I liked playing with them on the court and talking with everybody. It was all good.”
He said he also enjoyed his first trip to Hawai’i, which of course included several beach sessions. He even tried surfing – and was apparently a natural.
“I could stand up on the first one,” he said. “It was fun. I caught some good waves.”
Webster-Chan was a standout player at national power Huntington Prep during the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons. During that time, he met Hawai’i head coach Gib Arnold during the recruiting process.
Webster-Chan said he thought about Hawai’i back then, but ultimately chose Missouri over such other programs as Louisville, Kentucky, Baylor, UNLV and Clemson.
“Everything happens for a reason,” he said. “I had to go through what I did to get to where I really need to be.”
Webster-Chan said he will complete his classes at Missouri this semester to remain in good academic standing. He said he will likely return to Hawai’i during the summer.
He will have to redshirt the 2013-14 season due to NCAA transfer rules, but he would have three years of eligibility after that.
The upcoming signing period for basketball recruits runs from April 17 to May 15.
(Photos from www.MUTigers.com)