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Isaac Fotu leaving University of Hawaii to pursue pro basketball career

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Isaac Fotu era is over in Manoa. The All-conference forward issued a statement today saying he will by pass his two remaining years as a member of the UH men's basketball team, to pursue a professional basketball career.


In a statement Fotu said:


"After much thought and discussions with my family, I have decided to forgo my last 2 years at UH, and pursue a professional basketball career.


"This was not an easy decision. I came to Hawaii to play for coach Gib and coach Akana, both were instrumental in me growing as both a person and basketball player. I believe this was going to (be the) best season yet.


"I've turned down opportunities to (turn) pro every summer because returning to Hawaii was an easy decision, but now, with the program headed in a different direction, I believe it's time to chase the professional basketball dream, and hopefully help support my family.


"In regards to my ineligibility announced last week, which by the way had no bearing on my decision, I have hired an attorney to help clear my name, if and/or when any accusations are released by the NCAA.


"I thank all my teammates (brothers) at UH, and mostly the fans of Rainbow Warrior basketball. The people of Hawaii have welcomed me since the day I arrived, and all that aloha made my stay enjoyable. I enjoyed every minute I got to represent the University of Hawaii and I will look back at many wonderful memories.


"Aloha oe, until we meet again!"


He is the second player to leave the team since Gib Arnold was fired last Tuesday, joining forward Sammis Reyes who announced he would transfer.


This summer Fotu proved he could hang with some of the world's best when he suited up for the kiwi national team at the Fiba World Cup.


Fotu was a first team all-conference selection in the Big West his sophomore season after averaging 14.9 points and 6.1 rebounds per game.

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