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Freshman Rouhliadeff is developing quickly for Warriors

Perhaps Harry Rouhliadeff just needed to become a year older to become a key contributor for the University of Hawai’i basketball team.

Photo courtesy Chris Kadooka

Coincidence or not, Rouhliadeff has been “on fire” since blowing out the candles for his birthday. He turned 19 on November 19, and in the three games since then, he is averaging 10.0 points per game on 13-for-16 shooting (81.3 percent).

He is also averaging 2.7 rebounds per game and is 2 for 3 from 3-point range and 2 for 2 on free throws during that stretch. Making it more impressive, he did it while averaging just 17 minutes off the bench in those games.

The 6-foot-9 freshman from Australia was averaging just 2.7 points while shooting 4 for 13 from the field, including 0 for 6 from 3-point range, in his first three appearances of this season.

“He’s been good in the summer, been good in the off-season, good in the fall, good in practices, and he’s been playing right,” head coach Eran Ganot said. “Some shots haven’t fallen for him. Eventually they would, and they have. It just makes us that much more dynamic.”

In the Warriors’ 72-65 victory over Texas State in the championship game of the Patty Mills North Shore Classic, Rouhliadeff contributed a season-high 11 points on 5-of-6 shooting, along with four rebounds.

“Just playing all these games helped me be more comfortable,” he said. “The guys just keep telling me to shoot the ball and play with confidence. That’s really everything.”

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