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GV star off to Hawaii

Wiseman is third SCV boys player to go straight to Div. I

Posted: March 29, 2010 11:16 p.m.
Updated: March 30, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Golden Valley's Trevor Wiseman committed to the University of Hawaii last week. He is the third boys basketball player in SCV history to earn a scholarship right out of high school.

 
Even the greats are taunted — as Trevor Wiseman learned during a Foothill League basketball game at Valencia High this season.

The crowd chided the Golden Valley point guard, chanting “Where’s your offer?” as their own player, junior Lonnie Jackson, has received a lot of interest from NCAA Division I schools.

Wiseman now has a response — “I have one. Mahalo.”

The Foothill League co-Player of the Year verbally committed late last week to play basketball for the University of Hawaii.

“We were actually stoked,” Wiseman said about accepting the scholarship. “We were skeptical about where I was going to go. I was going to play some travel ball (and wait), but they offered me and I took it.”

Wiseman becomes the fourth boys basketball player in Santa Clarita Valley history to earn a scholarship right out of high school.

Hart’s Mitch McMullen (1984), Ali Peak (1992) and Canyon’s Cody Anderson (2008) preceded Wiseman.

The 6-foot-8-inch point forward said he will likely play shooting guard or small forward for the Warriors.

Hawaii announced on Saturday the hiring of Gib Arnold, a former assistant at USC, as their new head coach.

The Warriors struggled in 2009-10, posting a 10-20 record and going 3-13 in the Western Athletic Conference.

National signing day for basketball is April 14.

Wiseman will make it official on that day.

He went on an unofficial recruiting trip to UNLV earlier in the month, but did not receive an offer. Wiseman said UC Riverside offered, but he was excited by how Hawaii showed quick interest in him.

Wiseman’s list of accolades is long.

He won two Foothill League titles at Golden Valley, spent three years as a varsity starter, was named to the McDonald’s All-American Game watch list in 2010 and was named to the All-CIF-Southern Section Division III-A first team.

Wiseman said he understands the distance from Hawaii to the mainland and insists that he won’t get homesick.

“I think I’ll handle it quite well,” he said. “I’ll have to grow up real fast.”

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