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Shamburger gets Player of the Week award

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It turns out the University of Hawai’i basketball team’s greatest competition for Big West Conference Player of the Week honors was among its own.

Junior point guard Keith Shamburger received the honor on Monday after guiding the Warriors to two road victories last week. He tallied 31 points, nine rebounds, 17 assists and just three turnovers in the two games.

He also hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer in each game – one before halftime of an eventual victory at UC Davis, and then a memorable off-balance 3 at the end of regulation that catapulted the Warriors to an overtime upset at UC Irvine.

The Warriors were the only team to go 2-0 in conference last week.

Each team can only nominate one player for the award, but Shamburger’s closest competition for the award was probably teammate Isaac Fotu. The sophomore forward had 50 points on 20-of-28 shooting (.714 percentage) from the field and a perfect 10 for 10 on free throws.

It is the first Big West Player of the Week award for Shamburger, and the third for the Warriors this season. Seniors Christian Standhardinger and Brandon Spearman were previously honored this season.

Here is the official release from the Big West Conference:

Do It All Shamburger Claims Weekly Men’s Hoops Honor


Offensive heroics, accurate shooting and career-high in assists propelled Hawai‘i junior Keith Shamburger (Los Angeles, Calif./San Jose State) to the Big West Men’s Basketball Player of the Week award. Shamburger shot 53.3% (8 of 15) from the field, 50.0% (6 of 12) from three-point range and 90.0% (9 of 10) at the stripe as the Rainbow Warriors posted back-to-back 90-point performances in road wins against UC Davis and UC Irvine.

He also provided heroics with a couple of buzzer beater shots while averaging 15.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 7.5 assists. He had 15 assists to just three turnovers.

In a 90-73 triumph against the Aggies, Shamburger tallied 14 points, four rebounds and four assists. He drained a career-high four three-pointers, including one at the halftime buzzer, as UH’s 17-point margin of victory was its largest on the road in 11 years.

Shamburger was instrumental in helping the Rainbow Warriors overcome a double-digit second halftime deficit to hand UCI a 90-86 defeat in overtime. The 5-11 guard collected his first double-double with 17 points and a UH career-high 11 assists. In addition to hitting all but one of his 10 foul attempts, Shamburger sank a leaning three-pointer with two defenders draped on him with less than a second remaining to force overtime. He later hit three crucial free throws in the extra period.

Others nominated: Michael Williams (Cal State Fullerton); Mike Caffey (Long Beach State)


  1. Congratulations, Keith!

    Even Before The Week
    Many or Most UHMBB Fans Believed YOU Were The Key…
    The Straw That STIRS The Drink and The Team…

    NICE Write-Up by Big West/UH Submittal And Dayton…

    Isaac Fotu is Just Gonna have to Do Better to Earn One;
    Same for Garrett Nevels;
    Spearman and Standhardinger ‘know’ what it takes to Earn Another…

    TEAM First! Ho’okahi No ‘Ohana
    (I Don’t Have a Doubt They Understand This As Well as ANY UH Team ever…)

    Just Keep Going 2-0 Every Week
    (O.K, 1-0 for Single Game Week BUT 3-0 when playing Three in March)…
    That’s ALL “We Ask” and it IS What The Team Wants, yes?

  2. Eagle and UH MBB fans, if I had a across the board vote, with DK, Derek, FUHA, Isaac, jjay, warriorhaw, akuhead2, hfan, Palolo, etc, I would vote for the starting 5 as Players of the Week, those guys, plus the subs by Jovanovich, Smith, Valdes, and Rozitis, helped team win HUGE 2 game road sweep.

    and Eagle, UH keeps on winning at home and road, UH going up in all polls, however, we, and team do not concentrate on those power rankings, just concentrate, I would say ONE game at a time, to Win first, then shoot for Regular Season Title, the BWC..
    However, LBSU, has a very talented team with Tyler Lamb UCLA transfer leading the way. Enjoy the game Eagle, and those that can be there, if will be FANTASTIC!

    Go Bows!
    And Congrats to Keith, the Heart, a huge hearted young man, who less we forget is still battling that hip flexor injury!
    Well deserved! Whole team and Coach Gib, Akana, Taylor, Fisher, and DOB Chris McMillan!
    Rock the House UH MBB team at the SSC for next 4 home games, and Eagle, and fans, make some noise!!

  3. Eagle/ hoopsa
    I agree with you guys. I can’t help to think that everybody on the team dug deep to support their saddened teammate. Whether it be consoling him or showing their support on the the court.That is what Ohana is all about. I am sure it was felt by Sham. And it showed by his inspired play.

    And I can assure you that Sham also felt all of us were with him as well. That is very special young man.

    Now, I have watched the replay 2 times already and can tell you that this indeed was a special win. We have been on the other end so many times before. Of course we have had game winners also at home. But I cannot remember such an intense game on the road. Alright, maybe Tulsa, but you get my meaning. The point is that you guys (the team) did Hawaii proud. You guys continue to make us believe that you are a special bunch of young men. Way to represent!!!!

  4. Valerie Schmidt, Mahalo, thankyou for your account of game. Must of been unreal being there in person! Could hear Irvine, crowd, shouting, and probably not G rated stuff, about Spearman, and Nevels, ..Spearman…blank…Spearman, …blank…Brandon and Garrett and guys, quieted the crowd, did not get rattled and won the game with class!

    Yes, as others said, we could hear the UH fans, in stands, yes we could see Spearman’s mom with Green UH shirt in stands, and they/you made a lot of noise, shouting Defense, Defense, and cheering, shouting when UH made key plays or baskets! Maybe Valerie, you and Ohana, should go to more road games, if can! Awesome result! Hope they take it All The Way to Honda Center in Anaheim.

    And One Million thanks to Ameriprise, Valerie Schmidt, Pacfic Risk Solutions, and Schmidt family for support, sponsorship of WI. There must be tons of views of site now from around the USA and globally , Latvia? Australia, New Zealand, and across the state. This is great recruiting tool too, Dayton, great job by all WI nation!

    Go Bows!

  5. Dayton – I Like Hoops’ Idea…
    Maybe WarriorInsider.com Can Lobby for, Vote/Select its own UHMBB Player-of-the-Week …
    Can’t Depend on BWC to appropriately honor Each Deserving UH Player…
    This Week probably TWO Deserving…BWC can’t even Address/Handle that…
    (I think The Conference should Note Number of Team/Coach Nominations…Not Just The One Selectee…)

    Understand: As IF You’re Not Already doing ‘Too Much’…

  6. MAYBE @ The Annual Banquet, Present The WI.com Award for People’s Choice / Fan Favorite UHMBB Player…

  7. Congratulations Keith! So happy that your mom and family could be there at this past game to share the honor with you! Surrounded by the wings and love of an angel!
    Aloha from your Warrior family!

  8. Shamburger’s 3 pointer to send the game into overtime was just amazing. And, it was a bank shot from far out. Last week was great. Let’s keep it going guys.

  9. Hey Palolo Warrior,
    He guided the ball to the hoop. He willed it in the basket.

  10. Greetings! Very helpful advice within this article! It is the little changes that produce the most important changes.
    Thanks for sharing!

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