By Jason Tang - bio | email
MANOA (KHNL) - It was a lackluster spring signing day for the Rainbow Warrior basketball team on Wednesday since they received no letters of intent. But on Thursday, two of them ink their names to join the 'bows.
Hawaii head coach Bob Nash announced the team signed two guards in Dwain Williams and Jeremy Lay.
Williams is a junior out of Providence who tallied 11 points and almost three assists per game.
Lay is also a junior out of Northern Oklahoma College-Enid and averaged almost 17 points and 7 assists per contest.
"Jeremy and Dwain add more pieces to the puzzle," Nash said in a release. "We're building a team geared for an up-tempo game. You need quality guards for that and these guys fit the bill. They also address concerns regarding turnovers and perimeter shooting. They're both excellent ball-handlers and outside shooters. Their ability to spread the floor will help open up the inside for our big men and give us a more balanced attack."
Highlights of the new signees taken from a UH release:
Jeremy Lay, G, 6-0, 185, Jr., Oklahoma City, OK (Northern Oklahoma College-Enid)
Two-year starter at point guard for Northern Oklahoma College-Enid... finished his career as the program's all-time leader in scoring (938) and assists (485)...also led the team in 3-pointers during both seasons...averaged 16.7 points and 6.5 assists as a sophomore in 2008-09...shot 83 percent from the free throw line and buried a team-high 58 three-pointers....averaged 13.1 points and 6.3 assists as a freshman with 44 three-pointers...helped lead the Jets to 44 wins in two seasons, including back-to-back appearances in the NJCAA Region II finals and a Bi-State West Conference championship in 2009...a two time Region II all tournament team selection, a Bi-State West first-team all-conference pick, and an all-Region II second-team selection.
Nash on Lay: "Jeremy is a strong, physical guard. He's an excellent passer and three-point shooter and has good pace to his game. Foremost, he's a winner with strong leadership skills."
Dwain Williams, G, 6-0, 175, Jr., San Diego, Calif. (Providence)
Played two seasons at Providence College...appeared in 46 games with 21 starts... starting point guard his sophomore season playing in 21 games with 17 starts...averaged 11.0 ppg, while adding 2.2 apg...Friars top free-throw shooter (.902, 46-51) and 3-point marksman (.407, 48-118)...averaged 13.0 ppg in conference play and shot 47.8 percent (32-67) from three-point territory...scored 20+ points on four occasions, including 21 points vs. Syracuse and 23-points and six three-pointers in a road upset of nationally-ranked Connecticut...as a freshman played in 25 games with four starts...averaged 7.5 ppg while shooting 42 percent (61-145) from the floor and 44 percent (37-84) from three-point range...in high school, earned first-team all-state honors all four years, including freshman of the year honors for the state of California.
Nash on Williams: "I've know Dwain since the 8th grade. He and Bobby (Nash) played on the same AAU team and we spent a lot of time traveling the circuit with him and his family. He's developed into a very good player since then and you can see that by his performance in one of the toughest conferences in the country. The qualities he brings will certainly enhance our guard play."
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