UH basketball coach Arnold recruits three players

UH basketball coach Gib Arnold
UH basketball coach Gib Arnold

By Mike Cherry - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – University of Hawai'i men's basketball head coach Gib Arnold announced the commitments of a trio of players—a high school all-star and two junior college standouts—during the spring signing period. Dillon Biggs, Hauns Brereton and DeShawn Mitchell all signed with Hawai'i and will join the Rainbow Warriors this fall.

Dillon Biggs, F, 6-7, 195, Fr., Los Angeles, Calif. (Dorsey HS)

A three-year varsity letterwinner at Dorsey High School in Los Angeles…averaged 18.7 ppg, 8.0 rpg and 4.3 apg as a senior…also added 2.0 spg and 1.0 bpg…a first-team all-league and second-team all-city selection…team captain and team MVP…helped Dorsey to a second-place league finish, an appearance in the city championship quarterfinals and a No. 4 ranking in Los Angeles… ranked as the No. 7 small forward in California by calihighsports.com… also tabbed a top-five senior in a city-wide coaches poll.

Coach Arnold on Biggs: "Dillon possesses phenomenal potential and the sky's the limit for him. He's a long, athletic playmaker who played in one of the best conferences in the country. He competed against top-notch talent every night so he's used to playing at a high level. I think UH fans can look forward to him providing numerous aerial highlights and should enjoy watching him progress over the years."

Hauns Brereton, F, 6-7, 205, Jr., Bartlett, Tenn., (Western Nebraska CC)

Played sophomore season for Western Nebraska Community College in Scottsbluff…a third-team junior college All-American…led team in scoring (20.3 ppg) and rebounding (7.1 rpg)…shot 51 percent from the floor, 78 percent from the line and 39 percent from three-point territory…helped lead the Cougars to the quarterfinals of the region IX tournament, earning all-tournament as well as all-region honors…averaged 27.0 ppg in the final 17 games of the season…prior to WNCC, played freshman season at Northern Colorado out of the Big Sky conference… averaged 2.1 points and 0.9 rebounds per game while playing 6.8 minutes per game…member of the Bear squad that won the 2009 Rainbow Classic Championship…made the Big Sky All-Academic Team… is the record-holder in career points (1,346) and points in a single game (46) at Bartlett High School in Tennessee ... averaged 23 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and shot 87 percent from the free-throw line his senior year ... was a McDonald's All-American nominee ... also an academic all-American at Bartlett ... went on an LDS Church mission to Taiwan before entering college…is of Samoan descent and his mother is from Hawai'i.

Coach Arnold on Brereton: "Hauns enjoyed one of the best seasons in junior college as evidenced by his All-America status. He's a mature player with a mature game and should provide leadership. Hauns has a great inside-outside game. He can score in the block and out at the three-point line. He shoots a high percentage from all parts of the floor and is a solid rebounder. What's most impressive with Hauns is his outstanding academic record as a straight-A student. We're also thrilled that he has strong family ties in Hawai'i—his mother is from here and his uncle is Al Harrington. We consider this a homecoming for Hauns."

DeShawn Mitchell, G, 6-5, 205, Jr., Newark, N.J. (Snow College [Utah])

One of the top scorers in the nation while playing for Snow College in Ephraim, Utah…finished fourth in the nation in scoring, averaging 23.8 ppg…also added 6.2 rpg, 1.9 apg and 1.3 spg…team leader in blocks with 24…shot 51 percent from the field…buried 35 three-pointers in 23 games… played his freshman season at UNLV…averaged 1.6 ppg and 5.4 minutes per game off the bench…a 2007 graduate of perennial basketball power Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va. ...as a senior, averaged 24.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and 7.0 blocks per game ... averaged 21.0 points, 11.0 rebounds and 4.0 blocks as a junior ... Oak Hill, went 59-5 record during his two seasons.

Coach Arnold on Mitchell: "DeShawn was one of the most dynamic scorers in the entire country. He was the fourth-leading scorer in junior college. He's a very active player and very good rebounder. I really like his length and athleticism at the guard position."

2011-12 Recruiting Class

Dillon Biggs, 6-7, 195, F, Fr., Los Angles, Calif., Dorsey HS

Gerry Blakes, G, 6-4, 175, Fr., Inglewood, Calif., Morningside HS

Hauns Brereton, F, 6-7, 205, Jr., Bartlett, Tenn., Western Nebraska CC

DeShawn Mitchell, G, 6-5, 205, Jr., Newark, N.J., Snow College (Utah)

Ronnie Stevens, F, 6-8, 225, Fr., Gardena, Calif., Serra HS

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