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HPU basketball player is critically injured in skateboard accident

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Hawaii Pacific University basketball player Kameron Steinhoff was in critical condition at the Queen’s Medical Center last night following a skateboarding accident in Kaneohe Monday night, HPU Athletic Director Darren Vorderbruegge said.

Steinhoff, a 2008 graduate of Punahou School, led the Buffanblu to a state championship as a senior and was named the state’s Player of the Year.

In his third year at HPU, the 6-foot-4-inch Steinhoff was a redshirt sophomore for the Sea Warriors this past season. He saw action in 27 of the Sea Warriors’ 28 games, averaging 4 points and 3 rebounds per game.

Vorderbruegge, who also was the Sea Warriors’ basketball coach in 2010-11, said Steinhoff had the best spring of all his returning players and is being eyed as a starter this coming season. "He did a great job, and he was really hungry for next year," the coach said.

Steinhoff is listed as a guard but is a versatile player who can also play all three frontcourt positions, Vorderbruegge said. "He did everything except point guard," the coach said. "A lot of quickness but also strong as an ox, and he could bull around inside."

Off the court, Steinhoff is one of the quietest people he knows, Vorderbruegge said. "But he kind of really came out of that on the court. He was just a different personality as far as playing hard and being competitive."

Dozens of family, teammates, schoolmates and fans have been holding a vigil at Queen’s since Monday night, Vorderbruegge said. "He’s obviously very loved by a lot of people."

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