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JUCO guard Lewis signs with Hawai’i

The University of Hawai’i basketball team added another guard to its list of new recruits for the 2016-17 season with the signing of Larry Lewis Jr. on Friday.

Here is the official announcement from www.hawaiiathletics.com

HONOLULU – The University of Hawai‘i men’s basketball program added its sixth prospect for the class of 2016-17 with the signing of 6-foot-2 guard Larry Lewis Jr., a transfer from Odessa Community College in Texas.


In his only season at Odessa in 2015-16, Lewis averaged 11.1 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 1.5 assists per game while shooting 49.1 percent from the field and 40.7 percent from three-point range (48-of-118). He scored in double figures 19 times while earning first-team all-conference honors and helped Odessa to a Region V championship and appearance in the NJCAA Championships.

“Larry brings a great deal of experience to our program,” UH head coach Eran Ganot said. “He is a versatile player who loves to compete and lives in the gym and weight room. Larry comes from a very good community college program where he recently was a part of a championship and we also expect him to bring a championship mentality to our program.”

Prior to Odessa, Lewis attended Texas-San Antonio for two seasons, redshirting in 2013-14 and appearing in 24 games, with seven starts, in 2014-15 for the Division I Roadrunners. During that season, the Scottsdale, Ariz., native averaged 4.5 points, 1.2 rebounds, and 1.3 assists per game and shot 41.2 percent from the field. He started the first seven games with five double-figure scoring games while averaging 26.9 minutes played during that stretch.

Regarded as one of the state of Arizona’s top prospects out of Westwind Prep Academy in Phoenix, Ariz., Lewis averaged 21 points, 4.9 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 1.9 steals per game in 2012-13. He was a four-year starter at Arcadia High School in Phoenix and led the school to the Division II state semifinals as a senior when he averaged 23.6 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 1.6 steals per game and was selected as the state’s Division II Player of the Year and Section III Player of the Year. As a junior at Arcadia, Lewis averaged 25.2 points, 6.9 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.2 steals per game and led the school to a 26-2 mark and state quarterfinal appearance. He was named the All-East Sky Region Player of the Year.

Lewis joins a class that includes guards Drew Buggs, Leland Green, and Matthew Owies, wing Noah Allen, and forward Zigmars Raimo.

2016-17 Signees
Name, Pos, Ht, Hometown (Last School)

Noah Allen, G/F, 6-7, Pacific Grove, Calif. (UCLA)
Drew Buggs, G, 6-2, Long Beach, Calif. (Long Beach Poly HS)
Leland Green, G, 6-3, Redondo Beach, Calif. (Redondo Union HS)
Larry Lewis, Jr., G, 6-2, Scottsdale, Ariz. (Odessa College)
Matthew Owies, G, 6-0, Melbourne, Australia (St. Kevin’s College)
Zigmars Raimo, F, 6-7, Madonas, Latvia (VEF Skola)


  1. Nice pickup, our backcourt looks solid. Now let’s see what big guys are coming.

  2. Don’t see any pure shooters and bigs on this team…must be in “best available player” recruiting mode. Sad considering this could’ve been the year to get GREAT, not just good players after that historic run into the NCAAs.

  3. The808, did you forget about the post season ban. Not the easiest of circumstances to recruit under.

  4. 1st summer session May 23 -July 1. 2nd session July 5 – Aug 12. Bridge session for football players is next month per S Tsai.

  5. Coinkydink? With Gibson Johnson still considering UH, NC State and Utah Valley, interesting to note that one of his former teammates at Salt Lake has decomitted from Utah Valley and is opening up his recruiting.

    Musoko is physical specimen at 6-8, 240. Stats aren’t impressive at 5 points/4 rebounds per game but he only averaged 14 minutes (tends to get in foul trouble).

    Slow on recruiting front so thought I’d throw it out there …

  6. Welcome to ALL Signees

    Some Really Good People With Great Growing Up Perspectives, Attitudes

    Asking… TOO Much to Expect (?)
    ANOTHER “Walk-On” Starter OR Even (BWC) TOURNEY MVP?

    EURO….AUSSIE…KIWI…. African BIG(S)…. And you know that
    THIS STAFF CAN Deliver One or Two (Soon)


    Coinkydink? I Would Take The Five Fouls, Size and Potential…
    MAYBE Similar to Previous Staffs…BUT
    I ‘Think’ This Staff Has Higher Standards
    They GOTTA SEE Somethin’ (Already There) — NO Promissary Notes…

    SLOW, But Steady, All Quiet on The Western Front?

  7. Johnson might be left in the cold if he doesn’t make up his mind soon. He’s not an elite prospect that coaches will wait around forever for his decision. If they find someone sooner they may lock them up first.

  8. Pono, you are correct. The coaches probably going after others right now. Better to get somebody who wants to be here. Considering the circumstances, I like how the recruiting is shaping up. Good start for rebuilding.

  9. Gibson talked about two things in his recruitment. First is that he’s a competitor and would like to play at the highest level which is why he is still looking at NCST which is in the ACC, one of the best conferences. He also talks about playing time which UVU and UH are in this bucket. UVU would seem to be the best team for playing time, they don’t have a post season ban and are close to his home. Seems like UH might be the ugly guy/girl that no one wants to take to the prom unless they are the only option.

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