The sculptor’s task is nearly complete.
After one day of the spring signing period, Hawaii basketball coach Gib Arnold’s second recruiting class is taking shape. Western Nebraska Community College sophomore forward Hauns Brereton joined Dorsey (Calif. ) High senior forward Dillon Biggs in solidly committing to play for the Rainbow Warriors. Both players are expected to send their siged national letter of intent forms to UH by today.
Brereton, a 6-foot-7, 210-pound former role player at Northern Colorado, blossomed midway through his sophomore season at WNCC to average over 20 points and seven rebounds a game. The 6-7 Biggs put up about 17 points, seven rebounds and three assists a game as an All-City-caliber player in Los Angeles.
Thanks to some solid Los Angeles-area recruiting by Arnold, Biggs orally committed during UH’s recently completed 19-13 season. He signed his letter yesterday evening.
It took a team effort to reel in the versatile Brereton.
"It was a combination. It was Coach (Benjy) Taylor, Coach (Walter) Roese, Coach Arnold, Coach (Brandyn) Akana," Brereton said. "They all jumped in. Coach Roese and Coach Akana flew out here to watch me in Nebraska. Coach Arnold was on the phone with me. They need what I got, so they were after me and I’m excited to bring it to Hawaii."
Brereton’s greatUNCLE is Hawaii entertainer Al Harrington and much of the forward’s family on his mother’s side lives in the islands.
That, and an opportunity to enroll in UH’s international business program, appealed to Brereton. He speaks Mandarin Chinese, thanks to a two-year LDS mission to Taiwan that he took between high school in Tennessee and his freshman season at Northern Colorado. He wanted a fresh start after his coach at UNC, Tad Boyle, took the head coaching job at Colorado.
"He leads by example, especially on the floor. Off the floor as well," WNCC coach Russell Beck said. "He’s a great person, very kind. On the floor he has that degree of toughness. You know what, he’s not a guy that talks about it, he’s a guy who goes and gets stuff done."
Brereton gets it done in a variety of ways. He can post up, hit a mid-range jumper or shoot 3s, which he hit at a 39 percent clip at WNCC. He also performs in the classroom, where he carries a 3.8 GPA.
He said he prayed about his final decision. UH, BYU and Tulane were among the teams he considered.
Fond memories of semi-regular visits to Hawaii won him over. Brereton lived in Hawaii for a summer between the seventh and eighth grade, and played in the Rainbow Classic two years ago with Northern Colorado. He took a recruiting visit to Manoa last month during UH’s CIT postseason game against San Francisco.
"After seeing my options, I sat down and wrote down the pros and cons, and I saw the pros in Hawaii, and I just loved it," Brereton said. "So that’s the decision I made."
Like Brereton, Biggs also prides himself on his versatility, which is derived in large part from his considerable athleticism.
"I use my athletic ability a lot, to jump over a player from time to time, or my quickness for my height," said Biggs, who is friends with fellow Los Angeles prep stars/UH fall commits Gerry Blakes and Ronnie Stevens. Biggs said he will take a visit to UH later this month with Blakes.
He was enthusiastic about following through on his previous oral commitment.
"Looking forward to being a future Warrior," Biggs said.
UH has one scholarship to give. However, that number could increase should any of the 10 current scholarship players decide not to return.