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Several UH players listed on HD League rosters

The inaugural game rosters are set for the inaugural Hawaii Development League.

Several players from the 2018-19 University of Hawai’i basketball team are listed on opening rosters, including returnees Samuta Avea, Drew Buggs, Justin Hemsley, Zigmars Raimo and Brandon Thomas. Incoming recruits Mate Colina and Dawson Carper are also expected to participate. Potential walk-ons Zoar Nedd, Huthifah Abdel Jawad and Kobe Young are also listed on rosters.

The HD League held a “team draft party” on Friday night at the Pagoda Floating Restaurant. The league is in its first year under the direction of co-founders/directors Derrick Low and Kyle Pape.

The team rosters were determined before the draft by Low, Pape and other league officials to try and assure balance. Each of the six league sponsors could draft one of the six full rosters, which were available for review by the sponsors prior to the draft party.

Society Contracting received the first pick, at random, and chose a roster that features Low, Buggs, and Hawai’i Pacific starting forward Spencer Vering.

The HD League will open with a doubleheader on July 2 at Saint Francis School. Regular-season games will follow on July 3, 4, 5, 7, 9, 10 and 12 at either Saint Francis or Manoa District Park. Playoff games are scheduled for July 14, 16 at Saint Francis, and the championship game will be July 19 at Maryknoll School.

There is also a four-team women’s league that will begin on June 26.

CLICK HERE to view the league website

Here are the tentative men’s rosters (in order of draft):

Society Contracting
Huthifah Abdel Jawad
Drew Buggs
Saint Gelacio
Chance Kalaugher
Chris Kobayashi
Derrick Low
Elijah Parker
Onipa’a Pung
Gavin Toyofuku
Spencer Vering

Island Movers
Samuta Avea
Leon Ballard
Jydon Hall
Jamari Hamilton
Hugh Hogland
Hunter Hosoda
Kam Kato
Josh Ko
Bryce Nishida
Alejandro Pardi
Nick Velasquez

Dawson Carper
Nick Demusis
Dyrbe Enos
Kaleb Gilmore
Jamaure Gregg
Kupa”a Harrison
Ryder Hsiung
Luke Pardini
Aaron Rodgers
Kekai Smith
Captain Whitlock

Lei Lei’s
Zach Buscher
Eli Busenbark
Mate Colina
Micah Dunhour
Zach Gelacio
Jacob McEnroe
Pi’i Minns
Jimmy Nunuha
Max Pepe
Kahanu Puulei Auld
Geremy Robinson Jr.
Aaron Trigg

Electricians Hawaii
Noah Browne
Nalu Coito
Mamadou Diarra
Eliet Donley
Justin Hemsley
Peyton Maculapay
Zoar Nedd
Miah Ostrowski
Gabriel Vega
Drew Viena
Kobe Young
Jayden Zariello

Ultimate Roofing
Allex Austin
John Avila
Derric Braziel
JR Broadus
James Davis
Jacen Kimura
Cole Mausolf
Kameron Ng
Zigmars Raimo
Masa Swain
Brandon Thomas
Nainoa Winquist


  1. The best walk on will be joining the team after football season ends. He will be at point position. Stay tuned.

  2. These three WOs have some skills , would love to see them make the team.

    Jjay – I thinks that player should concentrate just on football. Who is it ?

    Excited to witness this TEAM!!

  3. Some players have the ability and love to play sports. Who are you to deny him that choice. The walk ons mentioned won’t see anything but being on the scout team which is fine. Larry Tuileta is a two sport athlete so was Miah Ostrowski.

  4. Chance Kalaugher also enrolled at Manoa for next semester

  5. Looks like Low and Pape weeded out the old guys from the old summer league, but the competition looks weak. Lots of players who are not college level guys sprinkled on the rosters to fill spots.

  6. Watch out for 7′ Mamadou, played for Chaminade 2010-11. Transferred from USC. Averaged 13 pts, 10 rbounds and 2.89 blocks for Chaminade.

  7. Gotta remember what the purpose of the league is for…the development of players. The old guys shouldn’t be playing in this type of league. The UH players would never have played again in the old one. Good to see them back on the court.

  8. Gary Dickman and Dave Kawada will be broadcasting a game on the radio on July 2.

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