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Wiseman leaves U.H.

College basketball: G.V. grad Wiseman explains his departrue from Hawaii

Posted: April 29, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: April 29, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Golden Valley graduate Trevor Wiseman decided to leave the Universy of Hawaii after his sophomore season citing differences with the coaching staff.

 

Trevor Wiseman left Golden Valley with a basketball scholarship to Hawaii and a wealth of potential.
The potential is still in the picture. Hawaii is not.

Wiseman decided to transfer from the program on April 13, at which time he was granted a release from his scholarship.
“I love Hawaii,” Wiseman said. “I like this place. I’ve made a lot of friends. I just don’t think the school was the right fit.”

Wiseman averaged 4.2 points and four rebounds as a freshman, and he became a starter by the end of the season.

This season, those numbers improved to 6.2 points and 4.5 rebounds per game, but after starting the first 10 games of the season, he began to drift in and out of the starting lineup.

The situation came to a head during a game against San Jose State on Feb. 4, when a rumor surfaced that Wiseman refused to re-enter the game.

Without delving into specifics, he confirmed the rumor.

“That is true,” Wiseman said. “It was just stuff that happened with the coaches that I didn’t appreciate. I really got pushed.”

He served a five-game suspension from Feb. 6-11, missing only one game during that stretch. He still played a good amount of minutes but rarely started for the rest of the season.

Head coach Gib Arnold issued a statement regarding Wiseman’s departure.

“I am grateful for the two years Trevor gave us,” it read. “I thought his hustle was contagious and helped us in many games. I am most proud of his accomplishments in the classroom. After struggling his first semester he was able to turn that around and became a fine student. I hope Trevor can find a program where he can be a starter as he desires. We all wish him the best.”

The 6-foot-7-inch forward had earned a reputation for his hustle and effort, transforming himself from the do-it-all scorer and facilitator he was at Golden Valley into a rebounding and defensive specialist.

Part of the impetus behind transferring, Wiseman said, is that he wants to expand his role on the court while finding a permanent starting spot.

“I’m trying to change my identity,” he said. “I can do a lot of other things.”

Wiseman will finish his sophomore year at Hawaii and return to the Santa Clarita Valley on May 27. He still has two years of eligibility, and said he’s talking to a couple of schools about transferring, although he wouldn’t say which ones.

He’s the second Golden Valley graduate to leave an NCAA Division I program in the past few months, after 2009 graduate Steven Thornton left Utah State in mid-December to move closer to home.

Wiseman’s departure is also the latest blow to Hawaii’s program, which has lost several players over the past couple recruiting cycles for various reasons, including transfers, NBA Draft entry and academic ineligibility.

“I don’t want to bash the program or coaches,” Wiseman said. “They’re good people. I just don’t think it’s the right fit for the people they brought in.”

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