A Busy Summer of Hoops for Ex-Iolani Star

Derrick Low
Derrick Low

HONOLULU (KHNL) - At a time when most hawaii college students return home for a little rest and relaxation.

Former Iolani basketball star, Derrick Low spent his summer, with a sweat-soaked shirt and a ball in his hand.

"Being in college and playing basketball and having all these responsibilities," he said, "Its been a long summer of basketball but its all worth it."

Months after guiding Washington State to its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 13 years, the 6-1 guard was one of 12 players selected to represent the United States, at the recently completed Pan American Games in Brazil.

"That was a whole different experience like, the hotel rooms there were a lot of problems with it, beds were breaking," he said, "You know as soon as we get on the court its all about basketball and not the other stuff."

An experience that got off to a slow start.

Team USA dropped its the first two games, with low spending most of it on the bench, but after being inserted into the starting line-up he led the U.S. to three straight wins, averaging 14-points per game.

"When i got my chance i was ready and fortunately we did well when i went in," Low said, "I hopefully gave us a little spark and got us rolling."

For now, Low's in town to soak-up what's left of his summer vacation, as for basketball...

"I really don't want to see a basketball until i need to get back up there," he said, "Just try and put basketball away a little bit."