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Hemsley signs to play at Hawai’i

Justin Hemsley, a 6-foot-6 guard/forward from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., has officially signed to play with the University of Hawai’i basketball team, starting in the 2017-18 season.

Hemsley averaged 17 points and 12 rebounds per game as a senior at Damien High School (Calif.) this past season. He will be a freshman at UH this fall, and will have four seasons of eligibility.

Here is the official announcement from www.hawaiiathletics.com

HONOLULU – The University of Hawai’i men’s basketball program welcomed its fifth prospect for the 2017-18 season with the signing of Justin Hemsley, a 6-6 wing player from Southern California. Hemsley comes in as a freshman and will have four years of eligibility.

Hemsley, a native of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., averaged 17 points and 12 rebounds for Damien High School as a senior. He set a new school single-season record for rebounds (370) and by season’s end was selected to the All-CIF Southern Section Open Division First Team. Hemsley helped lead Damien to a 31-5 record and a top 10 ranking in the state of California.

“We’re extremely excited to add Justin to the program” head coach Eran Ganot said. “He’s an elite rebounder and a solid defender on and off the ball. We’re also impressed with his scoring ability. He can put the ball on the floor, get to the basket, and is a strong finisher around the rim. Justin’s a proven winner and his demeanor and work ethic make him a great fit here.”

Hemsley, the fourth member of the 2017-18 recruiting class to sign within the last month, joins fellow recruits Samuta Avea, Jaaron Stallworth, Brandon Thomas, and Jessiya Villa.

His older brother Jeremy is a 6-3 starting guard for San Diego State and just completed his sophomore season with the Aztecs.

2017-18 Men’s Basketball Signees
Samuta Avea, G/F, 6-6 , Hau’ula, O’ahu (Kahuku HS)
Justin Hemsley, G/F, 6-6, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. (Damien HS)
Jaaron Stallworth, G, 6-1, Elk Grove, Calif. (Yuba College)
Brandon Thomas, G, 6-4, Woodland Hills, Calif. (Riverside City College)
Jessiya Villa, G, 6-0, La’ie, O’ahu (Kahuku HS)


  1. Signed and sealed and still growing. Who knows his potential. Not much film about his play. But I think he’s got the rare ability to handle the ball as well as rebound. An Aaron Valdez who can shoot. He will thrive under Ganot’s system of discipline inside and outside of basketball. Will be interesting what he will be like one year from now.

  2. hoping he’s quicker and more bouncy than thomas

  3. This is a great get. Probably the most exciting player in this recruiting class. He will be an instant contributor.

  4. Nice but where’s da height in this recruiting class?

  5. 6-4 SG Erik Stevenson who had an offer in Oct 2016 from UH for 2018, commits to Wichita St.

  6. Check out Scout.Com.. It shows Just Hensley as a four star player. Can anyone provide more information on this find??

  7. Yes, saw that too. 4 star on scout. I suspect most of the other sites did not update their info. Also, almost every one of the 13 players that made the video posted earlier, and a few that didn’t make that team, were 4 and 5 star players. Mostly 5 star. Bol Bol has 5 stars and didn’t make the team. Hemsley is talented, works hard, and looks like he knows the game. And he looked to me to be solidly in the upper half of the players that did make the 13. Not Marvin Bagley III spectacular, but perhaps in the top 5 anyway. Bagley can certainly dunk the ball spectacularly.

  8. MB is the next KG and so may never play college ball. It is very good that we got Hemsley. Go Bows !

  9. No current UH players allowed to play in the Hawaii Summer league this year, per Artie. I guess that’s coming from the UH staff.

  10. Good idea. To many injuries have occurred in the past and other than a cardio workout there wasn’t much upside. Encourage those players that are here to play together on their own and get to know each other.

  11. NBA D league is now the NBA G league.

  12. That’s good news. I always thought they needed to improve contracts in the D League because the salaries were pitiful. It’s going to help Jankovic and other UH players to stay home. But the G League still needs to improve the salaries to make it more on par with the European leagues. And it will only happen when more players from the G make it to the NBA. I’d like to see a late bloomer turn superstar come out of the G league. That will open the doors for more interest and better salaries.

  13. 2nd summer summer session begins July 3, players should be arriving in Hawaii by then.

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