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Warriors basketball team tips off season

Kareem Nitoto Kareem Nitoto
Roderick Flemings Roderick Flemings

By Brian Ojima - bio | email

MANOA (KHNL) - It's a new season and that means plenty of new faces for a Warriors team that returns just one starter, in Junior forward Bill Amis.

With several new faces, you might expect another sub five hundred season for UH, but don't tell that to the players.

"We have high expectations, this isn't even the same team as last year, we're not the same type of team, a whole lot of different players, we expect to win, we don't expect this to be a rebuilding year" said point guard, Kareem Nitoto.

With the graduation of the team's leading scorer, Matt Gibson, the Warriors will look to Sophomore, Kareem Nitoto to step into the starting point guard role.

"I'm a lot more comfortable on the court this year, I'm not as nervous on offense and on defense I'm learning how to play smart defense without fouling" said Nitoto.

Junior College All-American, Roderick Flemings, may be the most talked about recruit in recent years. The Junior College Transfer missed Hawaii's two exhibition games, but now, he's ready to start his Warriors career.

"I want to make this a magical season because my grandfather passed away and he came to all my games, he wanted me to do good in basketball and so I'm dedicating this season to my grandfather" said Flemings.

Hawaii plays 13 of their first 14 games at home, which should help the team as they begin the 2008-2009 season.

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