For the Chaminade basketball team, playing against some of the best teams in college basketball, including the 5th-ranked Kansas Jayhawks, is a unique experience. For one Chaminade player, this year's Maui Invitational has provided one even more memorable.
Kevin Hu, a 6'6 senior guard for the Silverswords, hails from Taipei, Taiwan. He averaged 14.1 points per game for the Silverswords last season before being voted the team's Most Inspirational Player.
Despite all his accomplishments, including a third-team All Pac-West Team selection last year, the man who inspires Hu the most, his dad, had never seen him play college basketball... Until this year's Maui Invitational.
"It's his first time here, and I really appreciate it," Hu said. "He fulfilled my dream, wanting to be here... For senior year I want all my family to see me play basketball here, at least once."
The teams in the tournament have been tough, as evidenced by a 53-point loss to the Jayhawks on Monday, but the experience of having his father in the stands, Hu says, has been special.
"He's like my biggest supporter back home," Hu said. "Without him I can't possibly be here."
In front of his father, Hu totaled 11 points and 9 rebounds in Tuesday's loss against UNLV. He played in all 26 games for Chaminade last season and was named an Academic All-Pac West player, accomplishments his coach says seem more significant with his parents so far away.
"Playing all those years without really having the family support in the stands... I can't imagine that," said Chaminade head coach Eric Bovaird. "I've never done that in my life. So it puts it into a different perspective."
As for advice from Dad, ahead of tomorrow's game against St. John's?
"He just told me to try my best, to give everything I got for the game. That's all he wants."
Copyright 2015 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved.
Hawaii News Now
420 Waiakamilo Road, Suite 205
Honolulu, HI 96817
Main (808) 847-3246
News (808) 847-1112