Prep basketball standout JJ Mandaquit transferring to RLS Academy in Utah

JJ Mandaquit

‘Iolani basketball standout JJ Mandaquit is on the move.

Following a sensational freshman season for the Raiders, the guard will be transferring to Real Salt Lake Academy in Utah for his sophomore season.

JJ’s father Jason, who was a state champion and Player of the Year at Hilo High School in the 1990s, made the announcement on the ‘Let’s Talk Sports’ radio program with Kanoa Leahey on ESPN Honolulu.

The entire Mandaquit family, sister Jaety included, will be making the move to Utah. Jaety, who plays basketball and soccer and was part of ‘Iolani’s 2021-2022 HHSAA Division I title team in basketball, will also attend the RLS Academy.

JJ, who averaged 15 points per game as a freshman, currently holds scholarship offers from the University of Hawaii, Washington State, Portland and Chaminade.

According to the RSL Academy website, the program broke into the Top 20 national rankings in its second season. RSL Basketball is being developed as the future premier athletic basketball development program for boys and girls in the United States from grades 9 through post-graduate.

The program’s Pathway to Pro program mirrors the developmental model of the RSL Soccer Academy teams. It aims to produce collegiate players with the potential to play professional basketball.