University of Hawaii men’s basketball player Drew Buggs has entered the transfer portal, reported first by VerbalCommits.com.
The redshirt junior point guard has been a Rainbow Warrior for four years. Were he to transfer, he would be a grad-transfer with one year left of eligibility.
Buggs became Hawaii’s all-time assists leader this past season. He had 437 assists in ’19-20, which led the Big West. Buggs started 88 of the 91 games he’s played for UH, becoming a favorite among the fans.
Buggs is a Long Beach, California native. He suffered the loss of his mother to cancer just as the 2019-20 season beginning.
“This year was a really tough year for me, emotionally, away from basketball,” Buggs told KHON2 sports director Rob DeMello via phone. “The goal was to always graduate, stay on track with school no matter what happens. So, I graduate in May and I wanted to explore my options, the possibility of playing close to home, in front of my family, being close to my family, or play at a high major program if the opportunity presents itself.”
Buggs has not ruled out returning to the Islands to play his final year of collegiate hoops.
“I also talked to the coaches. I told them my mind’s not set on anything,” said Buggs. “I’m open to returning to Hawaii. It’s all about exploring my options and making the best decision possible, for my family.”
Hawaii finished the season 17-13 and 8-8 in conference play. Their season was cut short right before the Big West Tournament began, due to COVID-19.
“Hawaii has meant everything,” said Buggs. “It’s been like a second home to me. I’ve been welcomed with open arms by the fans, and the coaches and my teammates. I’m going to have memories forever of playing in the Stan Sheriff and representing the great state of Hawaii. I’ve had a great four years here and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it.”