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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted at 2:37 p.m., Wednesday, May 21, 2003

Sensley signs with UH

Advertiser Staff

Julian Sensley is finally returning home to play basketball.

Sensley, a former Kalaheo High standout, signed a letter of intent today to play for the University of Hawai'i.

"I just feel like the situation was right for me," he said. "I've been away for a while. I wanted to come home."

According to UH associate coach Jackson Wheeler, Sensley must still attend summer classes at Los Angeles City College (Calif.) to earn an associate's degree. If Sensley does that, he can attend UH in the fall and would be eligible immediately. He would have three seasons of eligibility.

Sensley, a 6-foot-8 forward, averaged 13.4 points and 7.8 rebounds as a freshman for L.A. City last season. He was an all-state selection and helped lead the Cubs to the state championship (California schools do not participate in the national tournament).

He has had an enigmatic career since leaving Kalaheo after his junior season to attend a prep school in Connecticut. He attended St. Thomas More for two years, and was considered one of the top high school recruits in the nation in 2001.

He first signed a letter of intent to play for California, but never qualified academically. In the following year and a half, he was linked with Iona, Fresno State, Diablo Valley and Southern Nevada, although he never played basketball at any of those schools.

He applied for early entry into the NBA Draft last summer, then withdrew to attend L.A. City.