Sheriff Drammeh, Jack Purchase and Brocke Stepteau are the Rainbow Warriors men’s basketball team’s three seniors. They’ll be honored at their last ever home game this Saturday at the Stan Sheriff Center.
It’ll be senior night as Hawaii hosts CSUN – a team they beat back in mid-January. The ‘Bows are in fourth place in the Big West. Coming off a bad road trip, they’ll have two more road games after this Saturday’s contest. With family in town and emotions at the forefront, this’ll be a big game for the Warriors’ three seniors.
“It’s all going to be for the crowd and the kids,” said Drammeh. “Just trying to make sure they remember me and the spirit I had out there. So we’ll see. I might have some tricks up my sleeve. Just being here in Hawaii. It’s really shaped me to the man I am today. The experience we’ve been through as a team and me individually, I feel like it just made me a better man.”
“I never would have imagined playing a lot, starting for three years,” said Stepteau. “But it’s been a great opportunity. I’m thankful for it. It’s just been a great ride. I’m kinda sad it’s coming to an end. But like you said I could never imagine it. So it feels amazing still. After the game I think my emotions will probably be hard to keep in check. Cuz imma have my family here. That’ll probably be the last time they see me play. Obviously, the fans, probably the last time they see me play in person. So I’ll probably be a little emotional after the game. But during the game and before the game I’m probably just going to be like any other game.”
“It’s been an amazing ride,” said Purchase. “I’ve been here for four years. I couldn’t have asked for better teammates, better coaches. So just being thankful and enjoying that last time on the court with them. Sat out two years pretty much. Being that first year with Auburn and then coming here. You lose the game a little bit. To go from playing 2-3 games a weekend to not playing for two years is tough. So I just wanted to get back out on the court and see what happens. And it’s been more than I could ask for really. Been coming here every day for the last four years. So for it to stop just like that it’s going to be crazy.”
All three guys have started the majority of the games this season. They all said the 2016 trip to the NCAA tournament was one of their career highlights.
This weekend’s tip off is set for 8:00pm Saturday night, or about thirty minutes after the Rainbow Wahine’s senior night is finished.