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Samuta Avea opting out of 2020-21 season

Senior guard/forward Samuta Avea announced on Monday night that he will opt out of the University of Hawai’i basketball team’s 2020-21 season.

The stunning announcement came via social media, with the following statement from Avea: “After careful discussion with my family and my coaches, I’ve decided to opt out of the 2020-21 season. It was a difficult decision, but I believe it’s the right thing to do at this time, not only for myself, but also my team. I will continue to work hard and stay focused. I love my teammates and coaches and can’t wait to rejoin them on the court next season. Appreciate all the support!”

NCAA student athletes are being allowed the choice to “opt out” for the 2020-21 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, without having any eligibility jeopardized. Per his statement above, Avea is eligible to return as a senior for the 2021-22 season.

Avea was considered the top returning player from last season. As a junior starter, he averaged 10.8 points and 4.3 rebounds per game, and ranked second on the team with 39 3-pointers.

The Rainbow Warriors have not played any games yet this season, and the first game that is on the official schedule will be on December 27 against Cal Poly.

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