UH men's basketball reflect back on Hawaii Five-O before senior night
Big West Tournament champions and the only NCAA tournament win in program history. It was quite the start to a career for three now senior Rainbow Warriors men's basketball players back in the 2016 season.
Big West Tournament champions and the only NCAA tournament win in program history. It was quite the start to a career for three now senior Rainbow Warriors men's basketball players back in the 2016 season. Now they are set to play in their final home game on Saturday vs. CS Northridge. Jack Purchase was a transfer from Auburn while Brocke Stepteau and Sheriff Drammeh both freshman.
"From the Five-O to leaders. There is a lot of clear skies around our program because of those kind of guys," Eran Ganot said.
When you talk about high character, unselfish, and a motor that doesn't stop it starts with Stepteau. The perfect candiate back then for the Hawaii Five-O bench Bows.
"After every practice we had a practice of our own. Practice is over, getting our celebrations right, every game reviewing how we did and the performances we have had," Stepteau said.
A young Five-O bench Bow that has developed into quite the Rainbow Warrior. Trusting the process and the walk-on from Texas about to make his 58th start of his career. Remembering how he got here.
"Biggest part of it was appreciating every aspect. A lot of people probably get discouraged being in the Five-O or being at the end of the bench. I kind of just embraced it," Stepteau said.
Then there is sheriff Drammeh, sometimes they had to just tell him to watch his team play.
"I got kicked out pretty early, Brocke and Jack kicked me out," Drammeh said.
"A little too wild sometimes. Gets on the court while he's on the bench celebrating too hard," Stepteau said.
All in good fun and through the good and bad times the senior from Stockholm, Sweden had a heck of a time.
"Just being here in Hawaii it really shaped me into the man I am today. The experiences we have been through as a team and me individually I feel like it just made me a better man," Drammeh said.
Then there is the Aussie Jack Purchase.
"Group text we send in new ideas, goes through the Commisioner Jack Purchase and if he signs off on them then they are good to go for the next game," Stepteau said.
From the Five-O leader to the three point leader in program history. The transfer from Auburn trying to help his team finish the way things started when he walked onto campus.
"Been coming here everyday for the last four years and for it to kind of just stop like that it's going to be crazy. We got a big game ahead of us on Saturday a good C-SUN team. Not really thinking about the end right now just focusing on the game and how we can pull out a win," Purchase said.