Outback Profile: Rainbow Warrior Roderick Flemings

Outback Profile: Rainbow Warrior Roderick Flemings

By Mike Cherry - bio | email

Honolulu (HawaiiNewsNow) - Last night Roderick Flemings opened up the Rainbow Classic with a 23-point 12-rebound performance in a win over Southern Utah.

As I learned this week, his skills on another hardwood are just as impressive.

Roderick Flemings is better known by UH fans for his high flying dunks. But as good as he is at knocking down jumpers; it's his ability to knock down pins that could surprise some.

Bowling? Bowling, I'm serious about that.

And while Rod owns a career high 250, he's not ready to join the Pro Bowlers Tour just yet.

After all the man with the silky "J" isn't called "Butter" for nothing.

People on the team call me Butter too, because when I shoot it's like "butter", so that's just what they call me.

As a top-25 basketball recruit out of high-school, Flemings future seemed to be in hand.

But between a brief stint at Oklahoma State and Weatherford College, Flemings took a year off and that led to him getting a trio of tattoos that now serve as daily reminders and inspiration.

"This tattoo says "Million Dollar Man" because that's just how I feel about myself. Like I'm the Million Dollar Man. But, this tattoo says "Still Ballin" on my forearms. People thought I was gonna stop playing basketball early in my career because of academic problems, so I got that on my arms because I still wanted to be ballin'," said Flemming.

"Still ballin" is what Flemings hopes to do come March, as he looks to lead UH back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2002.

You can catch more of Flemings and the Bows tomorrow night in day two of the Rainbow Classic.

Tip time is scheduled for 5:05 pm.