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UH point guard Shamburger to leave program

By Brian McInnis

LAST UPDATED: 02:17 p.m. HST, Apr 15, 2014

2013 November 27 SPT - UH Hoops - Hawaii's Keith Shamburger pushes the ball upcourt in the second half of the New Orleans Privateers vs University of Hawaii Rainbow Warriors basketball game at Stan Sheriff Center. HSA photo by Bruce Asato

Hawaii men's basketball starting point guard Keith Shamburger has requested a release from the program, a move UH is expected to make official by Wednesday.

The 5-foot-11, fourth-year junior gave some cryptic indications on his Twitter account on Monday night, then tweeted "waiting for a release ." around noon on Tuesday. Sources close to the team confirmed his intent.

Shamburger's apparent desire is to earn his college degree this summer, which would allow him to play immediately for another Division I team. If successful, it would be his third; the Los Angeles native began his career at San Jose State and played two years there before transferring to UH in 2012 and redshirting a season.

He averaged 9.3 points and 5.4 assists per game in starting 30 of 31 games for the Rainbow Warriors in 2013-14, helping them to a 20-11 record.

Shamburger's indications of his desire to leave came almost immediately after junior college guard Roderick Bobbitt announced a commitment to play for UH starting in the fall.

Shamburger did not respond to requests for an interview. UH coach Gib Arnold, who is on the mainland, declined comment.

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pauliboy wrote:
Not surprised. Always seemed to have a chip on his shoulder and not a team leader. Appeared disconnected if things not going his way.
on April 15,2014 | 02:30PM
derek_millennium wrote:
You get the feeling Coach Gib does not have a good relationship with his players
on April 15,2014 | 02:32PM
PCWarrior wrote:
Uhhh....you got that right.
on April 15,2014 | 03:14PM
jimmyhouse67 wrote:
4 years, 3 colleges. I can't put this one on Arnold. This is on Shamburger. He was good, but replaceable. Good luck to him.
on April 15,2014 | 04:28PM
lwandcah wrote:
Not so sure about whether or not Arnold is culpable. All you have to do is look at his tenure here and you can easily see that there is a pattern of players leaving.
on April 15,2014 | 09:52PM
den wrote:
on April 15,2014 | 02:56PM
lowtone123 wrote:
The mass exodus begins.
on April 15,2014 | 03:05PM
PokeStop wrote:
No loss. Sham needs to work on his shot as he's horrible. Over hyped!
on April 15,2014 | 03:17PM
Bdpapa wrote:
No big deal! Thanks for the past season and good luck to you. If you don't want to be here you should go. Aloha!
on April 15,2014 | 03:28PM
hon2255 wrote:
If you have an attitude problem , you'll probably have a problem with any coach. we need better play from the point ,Period.
on April 15,2014 | 03:29PM
lwandcah wrote:
It is the coaches responsibility to determine what kind of attitude a potential recruit has before making an offer. Kids don't change a whole lot (attitude wise) from high school and into college.
on April 15,2014 | 09:54PM
Blue_Powder wrote:
Objectively, this is clearly a loss for the program. He definitely brought some stability to the point guard position that UH had been lacking for years. Having him as an experienced senior next year to run the point would have been huge with the graduation of Spearman and Standhardinger. I spoke to him a couple times after games and he seems like a good kid who will be getting his degree. No need to bash this kid. Best of luck to him. Next man up.
on April 15,2014 | 03:43PM
atom wrote:
that dude had an attitude problem, always "me" first. he couldn't hit an open shot so no biggie. he was only good for free throws.
on April 15,2014 | 03:47PM
gobows wrote:
Luv'd how he'd go sit at the end of the bench with taken out of games.....super attitude!..
on April 15,2014 | 03:49PM
gobows wrote:
on April 15,2014 | 03:50PM
gobows wrote:
wished he passed at the end of games, instead of taking the last shots.
on April 15,2014 | 03:50PM
jimmyhouse67 wrote:
He graduates, it's all good as far as the APR is concerned. That's what matters.
on April 15,2014 | 04:29PM
Bumby wrote:
Coach Arnold please look at how one's relationship with his players may cause them wanting to leave the program. Not saying it is your fault just saying what can one do to have his players understand and respect him as a person and as a coach so they can get beyond themselves and become better people. The most easiest reason for them to use is the coach and what that coach may do or not do as they were told. Flipside you had Spearman and Davis who personified the team concept and a positive attitude towards the team.
on April 15,2014 | 04:45PM
oxtail01 wrote:
A real crybaby, ok player with a terrible demeanor who faded in critical games.
on April 15,2014 | 04:55PM
Squiggs wrote:
a fair assessment
on April 15,2014 | 05:14PM
islandsun wrote:
Arnold couldn't mold him into a team first guy so he gets his degree on UH's dimer and moves along. A lot of Arnold's guys move along get used to it.
on April 15,2014 | 05:53PM
krusha wrote:
Reminds me of a spoiled kid. When the going gets tough, then wants to leave. Pretty much wasted his time here and now he'll have to waste another year sitting out before playing his senior year. If I was Gib I would not give him his release. It would just encourage others to do the same and just leave for no good reason.
on April 15,2014 | 06:19PM
jimmyhouse67 wrote:
If he does manage to graduate he can play immediately at a D1 school with a UH release. He'll get the release from Arnold.
on April 15,2014 | 07:42PM
CartwrightPark wrote:
His floor general game is lacking big time anyways. Typical Gib recruit, tons of talent, no brains, & most importantly no heart. Too many recruits quitting on Gib...
on April 15,2014 | 06:30PM
Pacificsports wrote:
He either had to get way better on his outisde shot in the post pass, double or triple team (on Fotu), because his reluctance to shoot, never mind his inability to make it, made Fotu ineffective in the post, or get replaced anyway. A point guard who can hit the outside shot will prevent the double and triple team down low. Arnold should've also known the double and triple team on Fotu was coming, the 2 guard should've switched with Sham who should've cut to the basket. There should've also been backdoor cuts by the other front court players but I blame Arnold for that lack of play calling.
on April 15,2014 | 06:34PM
zoomzoom65 wrote:
Can't stand the competition, leave. Messed up during the conference playoffs, he won't be missed. What an attitude.
on April 15,2014 | 08:10PM
WalkoffBalk wrote:
Out of bounds! His foot was out of bounds.
on April 15,2014 | 09:06PM
amela wrote:
The kids now days have no loyalty to their teams. It's all me, me, me all the time. Look at Louisville and Kentucky with all their stars, I'm sure there is some discontent but they still put the team first and no sulking or sitting at the end of the bench.
on April 15,2014 | 09:27PM
niimi wrote:
What a Sham, and a Shame, too. I question the kid's mental toughness if he cannot handle being coached. Want to get better? It's called COMPETITION! Right now he looks like a kid who cannot handle.
on April 15,2014 | 11:02PM