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Drew Buggs is transferring to Missouri

The University of Hawai’i basketball program’s all-time leader in assists will be playing his final season at Missouri.

Drew Buggs, a three-year starter for the Rainbow Warriors, announced his decision to transfer to Missouri via social media on Sunday.

Buggs, a 6-foot-3 point guard, entered his name into the NCAA transfer portal on March 25, but said at the time that returning to Hawai’i for his senior season was still an option. He is on track to graduate from UH next month, and will be eligible to play for Missouri during the 2020-21 season as a graduate transfer.

Buggs averaged 9.4 points, 5.3 assists and 4.5 rebounds per game as a junior co-captain for the Warriors this past season. He closes his UH career with a record 437 career assists (the previous record was 412 set by Troy Bowe in the early 1990s). Buggs started 88 out of a possible 91 games during his three season at Hawai’i, including all 30 games this past season.

Still, it was a trying season for Buggs. His mother, Mary, passed away after a battle with cancer just three weeks before the season opener. He also played the entire season with a nagging knee injury.

Buggs is one of three players from this past season’s UH team who have found new schools for next season via the NCAA transfer portal.

Sophomore center Dawson Carper is planning to transfer to Missouri State; redshirt freshman guard Jessiya Villa is planning to transfer to Chaminade.

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