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Meet the Warriors: Brian Garrett

If the University of Hawai’i basketball team is considered a long shot this season, then Brian Garrett is a fitting long shot of a player so far this preseason.

Garrett, a 6-foot-4 junior guard from San Carlos, Calif., is one of 10 newcomers to the roster this season. Despite his non-scholarship status, he is being given an equal opportunity to earn playing time on a team that will not have any returning starters.

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“Honestly, that makes it even more fun, just the fact that everyone is competing for spots,” he said. “The atmosphere in practice has been really good … everybody just getting after it.”

Garrett’s best shot at earning a role is his ability to make long shots. He made 43 3-pointers and shot 35 percent from 3-point range while averaging 14.9 points per game as a sophomore at Canada College in California last season.

“Just doing whatever I need to do in order to help us win, whether that’s knocking down shots, being in the right place, getting defensive stops, just whatever coach asks me to do,” he said.

Garrett, a left-handed shooter, has an unorthodox shooting form, but said he keeps using it because it works. “Just an ability to knock down open shots,” he said of his potential role this season. “Make good decisions, playing off the catch-and-shoot.”

Away from the court, Garrett said he has found the time to enjoy some of the island’s famous attractions, including Makapu’u Beach and the Diamond Head Crater hike. He has also become accustomed to some of the food choices, including rice with every meal.

“I’m kind of addicted to chicken katsu – I have it couple times a week,” he said. “And then rice. I have rice with every meal, which I never did back home. It sticks to your ribs, keeps you full.”

1 Comment

  1. “Made the basket” is the essence of hoops.
    Where is smoke; There is fire.
    BG gets the ink most; He knows what works!

    You are my #1!

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