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Backup guard leaving UH hoops program


    Larry Lewis Jr. in October

Hawaii basketball backup guard Larry Lewis Jr. is leaving the program, according to team sources.

Lewis becomes the second scholarship player this spring to depart the Rainbow Warriors early. Reserve point guard Matt Owies announced his intention to leave last week.

Lewis, a 6-foot-3 junior, averaged 1.8 points and 6.5 minutes in 21 games off the bench. It’s unclear where the Milwaukee, Wisc., native — who has no redshirt year available — will play his final season.

He scored a season-high 10 points against Arkansas-Pine Bluff and saw his most action — 22 minutes with seven points — the next game against Seton Hall in the Pearl Harbor Invitational. But his appearances dwindled from there.

His departure frees up a fourth scholarship for Ganot to award during the spring signing period, which began today.

Lewis, a threat on the dribble-drive who arrived at Manoa out of Odessa (Texas) College, was expected to contend for a starting position in the fall but never found his comfort zone within the ’Bows’ system.

Lewis was absent for the final two games of the season, both losses to Long Beach State, because of a death in the family.

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