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UH men’s basketball team signs two recruits

Hawaii coach Gib Arnold today announced the signings of basketball recruits Caleb Dressler and Orel Lev to play for the Rainbow Warriors starting in the 2012-13 season.

Both players have four years of eligibility.

Dressler, a 6-foot-10, 240-pound senior center at Evergreen High in Vancouver, Wash., averaged about 17 points, 14.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game in his junior year. He was named MVP of his league last year.

“Caleb will be the center of our future,” Arnold said in a release. “He’s big and strong and not afraid to mix it up in the post. He’s a super kid and an excellent student, exactly what we’re looking for to represent the University of Hawaii. His best basketball is still ahead of him and I’m confident our fans will enjoy following his progression the next four years.”

Lev, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard of Tel Aviv, Israel, will be the second Israeli player to suit up at UH, following Haim Shimonovich.

Lev averaged 25 points and five assists per game in his most recent season at Ironi Tet High School. He also had experience playing for the Israeli Under-18 national team and Maccabi Tel Aviv’s amateur squad.

“Orel gives us another great international player and hopefully helps us start a pipeline of talented players from Israel,” Arnold said. “He’s an outstanding athlete and leader as evidenced by his role as team captain of the U18 Israeli national team. What really impresses me with Orel is his work ethic and desire to improve. He’s a winner and tough kid who will have a wonderful career here at the University of Hawaii.”

Arnold said Lev has a chance to join the Rainbow Warriors over the semester break. In that scenario, he would redshirt the rest of the season.

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