HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – University of Hawai'i men's basketball coach Gib Arnold announced the addition of two players to the Rainbow Warrior roster. Garrett Jefferson, out of Citrus College in California, and Christian Standhardinger, a transfer from the University of Nebraska, have both joined the team.
Jefferson, a 6-foot-3 guard, is a sophomore and will have three seasons of eligibility. He averaged 7.8 points and 3.7 rebounds per game as a freshman last season while playing for a Citrus squad that advanced all the way to the state championship.
"Garrett is a young man that is going to be a great fit for our team," Arnold said. "He's a great athlete who can gets baskets in different ways with his athleticism and really gets at it on the defensive end. He's also a great student—he graduated from junior college in a year. We saw him late in the season and went after him pretty aggressively. I think that the fans will enjoy watching him for the next few years."
Standhardinger 6-8 forward and native of Munich, Germany, will sit out the 2011-12 season per NCAA transfer rules, and will have two years of eligibility. He averaged 8.5 ppg and 4.2 rpg in 22 career games at the University of Nebraska over the course of the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons. UH associate coach Walter Roese coached Standhardinger while he was still on the Husker staff in 2009-10.
"We are thrilled to have a player of Christian's caliber join our team," Arnold said. "He was one of the best players coming out of Germany before coming to the United States, so we're very fortunate to have him make his way here. He's a versatile player with a great motor, who can both score and rebound. He's going to be a great addition to our frontcourt."
As a freshman, Standhardinger didn't make his Husker debut until the start of Big 12 play, averaging 8.1 points and 3.8 points per game to rank fourth on the team in scoring. He moved into the starting lineup down the stretch, averaging 12 points and 8.4 rebounds per game over his final five games, highlighted by a 25-point, eight-rebound performance at Iowa State. He played in just six games as a sophomore before leaving the team after the first semester. In six games of action he averaged 9.5 ppg and 5.5 rpg.
Standhardinger was born and raised in Germany, however his mother is originally from the Philippines, making him one of just a few Division I basketball players of Filipino descent.