Honolulu’s Justice Sueing Jr. announced on Wednesday that he is declaring for the 2023 NBA Draft.
The forward, who attended Maryknoll early in his high school career, averaged 12.3 points and 5.2 rebounds per game this past season at Ohio State.
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The son of former University of Hawaii standout Justice Sueing had one year of eligibility remaining.
Sueing missed a vast majority of the 2021-2022 season due to injury but appeared in all 35 games for the Buckeyes this past season and scored a career-high 33 points in a win over Texas Tech at the Maui Invitational last November.
Only two players born in Hawaii have ever appeared in NBA regular season games in Red Rocha (1948-57) and Cedric Ceballos (1991-2001).
Ceballos was born on Maui but did not grow up in Hawaii.
Rocha graduated from Hilo High School and played for the Syracuse Nationals, Fort Wayne Pistons, and Baltimore Bullets and was a two-time All-Star and NBA champion. Following his playing career, Rocha was head coach for the Detroit Pistons (1957 to 60) and the University of Hawaii (1963 to 73).