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UH men's basketball team gets commitment from Iowa junior college guard

By Brian McInnis

LAST UPDATED: 10:31 a.m. HST, Apr 23, 2012

Indian Hills Community College guard Brandon Spearman has committed to play for the University of Hawaii and is expected to sign with the Rainbow Warriors today.

The 6-foot-3, 190-pound Spearman has two years of eligibility remaining after spending his freshman year at the University of Dayton. He averaged 11.6 points, 1.8 assists and 1.1 steals per game as a sophomore at Indian Hills, a respected junior college power in Iowa. The Warriors went 33-4 and finished seventh in the NJCAA Division I National Tournament in March.

Spearman was a team leader at IHCC and one of four players to average double-figure scoring. He has a solid build and, as a combo guard, offers some versatility on the perimeter with both slashing and shooting ability.

Spearman, a Chicago native, was one of a handful of players to visit to the Manoa campus last weekend.

"It went well," Spearman said of his first visit to the islands after returning to Iowa today. "Everybody's loyal to the basketball team and just every sport down there. The people down there are real friendly."

He is the first known player to commit to UH this spring, and fourth player overall — after Caleb Dressler, Orel Lev and Isaac Fotu — for the 2012-13 season. San Jose State guard Keith Shamburger has also committed as a Division I transfer.

Coach Gib Arnold has at least two other scholarships to offer players for next season.

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