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Raimo receives “Best Hustle” award from Big West

The four-year transformation of Zigmars Raimo from seldom-used reserve to key starter for the University of Hawai’i basketball team was rewarded on Monday, when he was named the Big West Conference Best Hustle co-Player of the Year.

Raimo, a 6-foot-9 senior forward, shared the award with UC Irvine senior forward Tommy Rutherford.

Raimo is averaging 9.3 points, 6.8 rebounds, 3.3 assists per game and 1.7 steals per game this season. He ranks second in the conference for steals, fourth for rebounds, and seventh for assists.

He has started all 30 games for the Rainbow Warriors, and ranks seventh in the conference for playing time at 32.8 minutes per game. During his freshman and sophomore seasons, he averaged slightly more than 10 minutes per game as a reserve who averaged 2.6 points and 1.8 rebounds per game.

Raimo is only the second Hawai’i player to ever receive the Best Hustle Player award from the Big West Conference. Sheriff Drammeh won it in 2018.

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