Guard Jordan Graves is showing senior leadership on the hardwood, averaging a team high 34.5 minutes a game for Hawaii-Hilo, who got off to its first 2-0 start since 2005.
Ranked No. 6 in the NCAA Division II West Region Basketball polls for programs playing during this pandemic season, the Vulcans are co-leaders in the Pacific West Conference.
While the 6-foot-2 Graves has struggled to find his shooting touch, he’s still averaging 7.5 points a night for Hawaii-Hilo.
A former multi sport standout at North County High, Graves was granted a medical redshirt year after suffering a season ending injury last winter. He leads the Vulcans in assists (5.0) and steals (4.0).
Graves started all 26 games as a junior in 2019, and was averaging 14 points a game last season, hitting a game-winning 3-pointer before being injured eight games into the year.
A four year starter at North County, Graves is the school’s all-time leading scorer, earning a spot on The Herald’s All-County Basketball team three times.
Because of the pandemic, Hawaii-Hilo is playing an all-Hawaiian conference schedule so it won’t have to leave the state.
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