Call it a three-fer. Not only will Jordan Graves play college basketball and get his educational expenses covered, he’ll be doing so in the Aloha State. Despite the current Kilauea Volcano eruptions, the Hawaii-Hilo signee will be arriving on the Big Island at the end of this summer.

Out of North Monterey County High and Santa Rosa Junior College, the 6-foot Graves averaged 10.1 points per game on 41%, 37% and 70% shooting respectively for the Bear Cubs alongside 5.4 rebounds and 5.1 assists. He finished a terrific second in the state with a 3.2 assist-to-turnover ratio. As he detailed in an earlier article, his role this season was “bringing the ball the ball up, controlling tempo, and being a leader. I was responsible for getting us into our offense and holding us accountable.” Graves was a co-captain.

So what will Hilo hoops fans being seeing from Graves? “Defense, I’m very active on defense, playmaking and facilitating and a fairly decent IQ.”

Graves will be positioned at the point by Vulcans Coach G.E .Coleman. “He wants me to come in and take over right away.”

Hawaii-Hilo’s team leader in assists is graduating as are three of the team’s top five scorers so big shoes will need to be filled next season. Graves will move smoothly into the quarterback role and expect him to score more than he was needed to do so during his Santa Rosa tenure.

An added bonus in choosing Hawaii-Hilo is having PacWest Conference members Academy of Art, Holy Names University, Fresno Pacific, Notre Dame de Namur and Dominican University are all within driving distance for family and friends when the DII Vulcans hit northern California for road contests.

He’ll major in sociology with future plans for a nursing degree. “It’s great to have basketball paying for my education.”

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