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A look at the championship rings


Before the current University of Hawai’i basketball team rings in the new year, the rings commemorating the historic past year can serve as a reminder of what to strive for.

Members of the historic 2015-16 Warriors’ squad recently received their championship rings, and it “tells the story” of the 28-6 season that culminated with the first NCAA Tournament victory in program history.

“It tells the whole story of the success, which is nice … and it tells a little bit of failure with the six losses – just what we learned and stuff like that,” said Mike Thomas, a starting forward last season who is redshirting this season due to a wrist injury. I love it. It’s a ring.”

Thomas noted that the ring is “a form of validation” because of what many of the players went through to get to the 2016 Big West Conference championship. Thomas and several others on the roster went through three head coaches over the course of the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons.

“It’s like we finally got it,” he said. “That’s important to me, knowing that guys here or not, whether they’re playing pros, back home, finishing school, what ever, we did it. One last year. To be a part of that was something special.”

Thomas, Sheriff Drammeh, Zach Busher and Brocke Stepteau are the players on the current roster who received rings.


  1. Congrats ! Congrats !
    Go Bows !

  2. A lot of info on the ring.
    Article on Mason ‘Fear the Fro’ Forbes, who reportedly has an offer from UH and about his sister.

  3. Mason Forbes has a ‘fro that John Pennybacker would be proud of ! Go Bows !

    Here’s a couple videos where Forbes appears at about the 1:00 min mark in each.

    So nice to have Someone around to represent such a significant achievement. Hmmm, first ever NCAA tournament win for the UH MBB team. After all these years. And they wrote all that stuff on the ring? Do they always do that? Very nice indeed!
    Thanks MT !
    Go Bows !

  5. Off topic, but interesting to note that the Kahuku basketball team not only has early Hawaii signee Samuta Avea, but also 6-foot senior point guard Jessiya Villa (son of former Kamehameha standout Kahi Villa) and 6-8 junior forward Daniel Fotu, whose older brother is you know who.

    Villa had 27 points and six assists, Fotu added 12 points and Avea 10 rebounds in a win over Mount Vernon (N.Y.) tonight at the Iolani Classic.

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