Recruit picks San Jose over UH
By Dayton Morinaga
Advertiser Staff Writer
The search for new recruits will continue for the University of Hawai'i men's basketball team.
The Rainbow Warriors lost one yesterday when California high school prospect Keith Shamburger signed a national letter of intent to attend San Jose State.
Shamburger, a 6-foot point guard at Junipero Serra High in Gardena, Calif., said he chose the Spartans over the 'Bows for family reasons.
"I have a nephew who is 1 and I'm like a father figure to him, so I wanted to stay in California and be close to my family," he said.
Shamburger visited Hawai'i last weekend, and said his final two choices were Hawai'i and San Jose State.
"Everything on the trip (to Hawai'i) went well," he said. "It's nothing against Hawai'i. It basically came down to my family."
Shamburger averaged 21.3 points, 4.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.3 steals per game as a senior while leading Serra High to the California Division III state championship.
Hawai'i and San Jose State are both members of the Western Athletic Conference, so Shamburger and the Spartans will face the 'Bows at least twice per season.
"I made friends out there in Hawai'i and I really like the coaches," Shamburger said. "At least I get to see them a couple times a year."
Bo Barnes, a 6-4 shooting guard from Westwind Prep International in Arizona, also made a recruiting trip to Hawai'i last weekend. He is still deciding between Hawai'i, Iowa State and at least one other school.
The signing period will end May 19.