UH MBB: All-Decade Team

UH MBB: All-Decade Team

This decade has been an eventful one for the University of Hawaii men’s basketball program, highlighted by the Rainbow Warriors’ first-ever win in the NCAA Tournament and “lowlighted” by a crippling NCAA investigation and sanctions. Throughout these past ten years, however, one thing has remained consistent: UH fans have been able to watch some great players repping the 808.

But who are/were the best UH players from 2010 to 2019? Here’s one observer’s take on the Hawaii All-Decade Team. Utilizing the NCAA men’s basketball scholarship limit, we’re going with a 13-player roster.

 

STARTERS

 

F – STEFAN JANKOVIC

Leading scorer on Hawaii’s 2015-16 NCAA Tournament team. Only UH player to win Big West Player of the Year honors. 6-11 transfer from Missouri could shoot from the outside and, in his senior year, developed a strong inside game to add to his arsenal.

 

F – NOAH ALLEN

UCLA transfer played only one season at UH, but it was a good one. Led team in scoring, rebounding and steals. Named to the All-Big West First Team in 2017.

 

C – BILL AMIS

A holdover from the Bob Nash years, Amis provided inside scoring, solid interior defense (leading the team in blocked shots) and board play. Was named the team’s MVP for the 2010-11 season.

 

G – RODERICK BOBBITT

Quarterback of the 2015-16 NCAA Tournament team. An All-Big West First Team selection as a senior. Named All-Big West Defensive Player of the Year as a junior. Hawaii’s all-time leader in steals (168).

 

G – DREW BUGGS

Hawaii’s current floor leader is on track to break the program’s record for career assists (currently held by Troy Bowe). Last season, led the Big West in assists-per-game (5.4). Scored a career-high 25 points earlier this season in a victory over San Francisco.

 

 

RESERVES

 

F – JACK PURCHASE

Hawaii’s all-time career leader in three-point shots made (199).

 

F – ISAAC FOTU

Rugged rebounder and defender for UH until he left the program in 2014.

 

F – RODERICK FLEMINGS

All-around player who was twice named team MVP. Possessed NBA-level talent.

 

C – ZIGMARS RAIMO

Current UH co-captain (with Drew Buggs) has improved his play every season. Currently leads the team in rebounding (7.4) and steals (25).

 

C – MIKE THOMAS

Key contributor to Hawaii’s 2015-16 NCAA Tournament team. Named team MVP after the 2017-18 season.

 

G – BROCKE STEPTEAU

Went from seldom-used walk-on to starting point guard. Twice named team’s “Most Improved Player.”

 

G – GARRETT NEVELS

Steady player who was named team MVP following the 2014-15 season.

 

G – BRANDON SPEARMAN

Versatile performer and one of the team’s top defenders in his two seasons as a Rainbow Warrior. Named to the 2013 Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic All-Tournament Team.

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