From Waianae to Lithuania, basketball takes Hawaii native on journey of lifetime

WAIANAE, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - From Waianae to Lithuania, basketball has taken Rashaun Broadus on a journey spanning tens of thousands of miles.

The all-state point guard graduated from Mililani High School in 2002 and he's still playing pro ball with some players you may know.

Broadus has spent 11 years abroad in six different countries. But the one time BYU standout wasn't sure if he'd play ball again after college.

In fact, after his days with the Cougars, he started working on a farm in Canada. Then, Broadus got an opportunity overseas.

He took that offer, instead of taking his chances in the NBA's developmental league.

"I think the European game is more competitive," Broadus said. "I might be biased because I spent my whole career out here, but a lot of those guys who play in the G-League, they come out here anyway, once the NBA window closes to make more money. I feel all the tougher leagues are in Europe."

That path to Europe started in West Oahu. Broadus' dad is a third-degree black belt in karate, but he never played team sports. However, his mom, who's from Waianae, was a star volleyball player in the Army. As kids, Rashaun's mother took him and his brother, William, with her when she played volleyball. Then one day, they just picked up a basketball.

"Every time she would go to the gym, me and my brother would go and we'd be having a basketball with us," said Broadus. "We both just fell in love with the game and challenge each other everyday and we'd go to every court on the island. We'd be in Waianae and go all the way in town to UH just to find some ball. We'd do that after school until the lights went out."

Broadus still has family in Hawaii, and he makes sure he gets back here at least once a year.

"I have to go back home every year, every summer," he said. "I have to recharge my batteries and be around my people - everyone I grew up with, my family, my cousins are still there, majority of my Waianae side."

Rashaun's played overseas against Iolani grad Derrick Low and former Rainbow Warriors, like Carl English. This year, though, will be Broadus' last professionally - and it may have been one of the most interesting. He played on the same team with Liangelo and Lamelo Ball.

"We practice twice a day, 10 a.m. then come back at 6 p.m. everyday," said Broadus. "The boys are always in the gym at least an hour early (before practice) they're lifting weights, getting up extra shots before the rest of the team gets in there. Then after practice is finished - morning and nighttime, Lavar has them doing sprints and a bunch of conditioning drills and more shots."

He also got close with their dad, Lavar, who plays villain to the media. But Rashaun says - that's just an act.

"They're all hard workers, even Lavar," Broadus said. "With all that negative stuff you've seen in the media, it just makes me laugh because everybody else in the world has no idea what's going on here. Every time I talk to Lavar he laughs about it. He's like 'shaun, you see this stuff they're saying about me on TV? None of that bothers him."

Broadus says he's gonna miss the excitement of playing pro, but he's ready to start settling down in one place with his wife and three kids. He's starting up a basketball training business called Pro Prep Basketball Training. He'll also be coaching a high school team in Vancouver.

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