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The Numbers Game: 11-20

Earlier this week, we selected the top University of Hawaii student-athletes to wear jersey numbers 00 through 10. Today, we go ahead and pick the players who best wore 11 to 20. This particular group includes, arguably, the greatest players in Hawaii football, basketball and baseball history. Here are our choices:

11 – ROBYN AH MOW, Women’s Volleyball. 2x First-Team AVCA All-American. Ranks third in program history in career assists (4,313) and fourth in assists per game (11.23). Three-time member of the U.S. Olympic team, helping the team win the silver in 2000.

12 – CHRIS GAINES, Men’s Basketball. The program’s all-time leading scorer, with 1,734 points. A 3x All-WAC selection. Led the Rainbow Warriors to back-to-back NIT appearances.

13 – COLE McDONALD, Football. Finished his Rainbow Warrior career fourth in career passing yards (8,032). Led UH to a pair of SoFi Hawaii Bowl appearances, including a 493-yard, 5-TD performance against BYU in 2019. His 418 passing yards in the 2018 season-opening win over Colorado State marked the most ever by a UH QB in his starting debut.

14 – TOM HENDERSON, Men’s Basketball. Widely regarded as the greatest player in UH men’s basketball history. Only Rainbow Warrior to average 20 points over multiple seasons. Member of the 1972 U.S. Olympic team. Starting point guard for the 1978 NBA champion Washington Bullets. (Runner-Ups: Kolten Wong, Timmy Chang)

15 – COLT BRENNAN, Football. Most decorated UH football player in history. Set numerous NCAA records and placed third in the 2007 Heisman Trophy race. Quarterbacked the Rainbow Warriors to the 2008 BCS Sugar Bowl.

16 – DEREK TATSUNO, Baseball. Greatest UH player in program history? No doubt. One of only two pitchers in college baseball history to record 20 victories in one season. Posted 40-6 record in three seasons as a Rainbow Warrior. Named by Collegiate Baseball as “Co-Player of the Century.” Inducted into the College Baseball Hall of Fame.

17 – RAPHEL CHERRY, Football. Probably the best dual-threat QB to play for UH. Career numbers include 5,046 passing yards and 898 rushing yards. Ranks eighth among the school’s all-time passing leaders.

18 – GARRETT GABRIEL, Football. Will forever be known as “the QB who finally beat BYU.” The Pac-Five product starred in Hawaii’s two big wins over the Cougars in 1989 and 1990, outplaying Heisman Trophy winner Ty Detmer in both games. Ranks sixth on the program’s all-time passing list (5,631 yards).

19 – RADO PARAPUNOV, Men’s Volleyball. 2x First-Team AVCA All-American. 2020 Big West Conference Player of the Year. Helped lead UH to the 2019 NCAA Tournament championship match.

20 – NANI COCKETT, Women’s Basketball. 1998 All-American. Next to Judy Mosley, regarded as the best player in program history. Ranks second all time in career points and total field goals, and first in career assists. Part of three NCAA Tournament teams. Vince Goo called Cockett “the best player to come out of Hawaii.” (Runner-Up: Alika Smith)

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