The annual University of Hawaii Rainbow Warrior youth basketball camp held its second camp of the summer this week at the Stan Sheriff Center.
For “Whacky” Wednesday, head coach Eran Ganot and company focused on the fundamentals.
The four-day camp was open to boys and girls, ages 6 to 17, with Rainbows coaches and players serving as instructors.
“It’s awesome,” said sophomore Samuta Avea, who graduated from Kahuku High School. “Especially being from here and having been in their steps, growing up in this camp, it’s awesome to be able to be able to give back like this. In the middle of the offseason, we’re still doing workouts before and after, but it’s a really good experience to be able to come and do this. It’s great. It’s my second year here, but we’ve built a really good bond, so to be able to come here and teach the kids with these guys, it’s awesome.”
“We got great guys,” said Ganot. “We got outstanding young men, future leaders, and what are we here for? To give back. To work your tail off to be in a position to give back. I think these kids look up to them and they take great pride in representing our program, this university, the right way, so I love having our guys around these kids, because I know they’re around the right people.”
Registration is still open for the camp’s second one-day youth shooting clinic, which takes place June 29, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The clinic costs $75. Sign up here.
Also on the court, new assistant coach Jabari Trotter comes to UH after two seasons at his alma mater, Dartmouth, in the Ivy League. While at Dartmouth, he was responsible for practice and game preparation, player development, and scouting, as well as serving as co-coordinator for recruiting.
“This is kind of a dream come true for me to be out here and to get back to my West Coast roots, but also be on an island and be a part of this community and this culture, it’s pretty special,” Trotter told KHON2. “I’ve been here for about a week and I’ve been involved in three or four different types of community events. I mean this camp, this kids camp, for one, I feel like I’ve known these kids for a really long time. I’m having a really good time getting to know them, and getting to know the coaching staff and the players here. You can just tell there’s a buzz, there’s a certain aura around the program, which is really cool, and you just don’t see going from program to program. You know that when you have that type of support, something special can happen, and I just want to be a part of it.”