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UH point guard Shamburger to leave program

  • 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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