University of Hawaii men’s basketball player Isaac Fleming is leaving the Rainbow Warriors.
The sophomore guard took to Twitter Monday to announce the news, which UH athletics director David Matlin confirmed in a statement: “During a meeting with Coach Ganot, student-athlete Isaac Fleming asked for his release effective immediately and it was granted. We wish Isaac all the best with his future pursuits.”
The Delaware native received a transfer approval from head coach Eran Ganot and removed himself from the team, effective immediately.
“I had long talks with my family. They always know what’s best interest for me, so to hear them constantly tell me for months to get my release papers and knowing now that I finally listened to them, I just knew it was the best thing for me,” Fleming told KHON2.
“Was it hard to make the decision knowing that your team would move on without you and go after that Big West title that was one of your goals as you entered this season?” KHON2 asked.
“Yeah, most definitely,” he replied. “I would be a fool if I started talking down or wanted them to lose. Never. That’s not me. I’m not that type of person. This bond we got as a team is bigger than basketball. This is just another piece to it. I love my brothers and I told them, they better get that ring. If they don’t, I’ll be disappointed. I’ll be upset.”
Fleming has played in just four of the team’s last eight games, averaging just 12 minutes per game, including a season-low five minutes this past Saturday.
He says he made the decision to leave the team immediately to concentrate on school as he searches for a better fit.
“That’s the biggest goal,” Fleming said. “School is school. You won’t be playing if you’re not eligible, so that’s my main focus right now and what I’ll spend a lot of time on.”