Three student-athletes from the Hilo area start their college career at Santa Rosa Junior College.
Cameron Ita (Waiakea) Isaak Janado (Waiakea) and Randan Berinobis (Hilo) were all-stars at the Hawaii Island Hoops College-Prep Basketball camp this past June.
With many college coaches in attendance and offering not just their coaching expertise, but teaching the local student-athletes what it takes to play on the next level.
Coach Craig McMillan, Head men’s basketball coach at Santa Rosa Junior College and his assistant Troy Stevenson helped direct evening academic seminars that included how to apply to college, financial aid that is available and the college recruitment process.
“The camp was awesome and I learned a lot from the coaches as what to expect at the college level,” Waiakea’s Ita said. “This is a blessing to me and I am very thankful for this opportunity.”
Janado, also from Waiakea High School, said, “The college-prep camp gave me the tools I needed to take to the next level. I got to work with many different high caliber coaches from all over the nation and met some outstanding overseas players. I’m eager to represent my hometown.”
“My goal is to go to Santa Rosa JC and focus on school and basketball. I will be majoring in kinesiology and after that I plan to go to a 4 year university,” Berinobis said.
All three student-athletes had a renewed enthusiasm about the opportunity to go away to college and start their higher education.
Andy Smith, director of Hawaii Island Hoops, said, “Our goal at Hawaii Island Hoops is to give our young student-athletes the tools and present the resources to them to succeed on and off the court. We understand the value of a higher education and try to impart that to our participants.”
Hawaii Island Hoops looks forward to helping more young student athletes by providing more opportunities through sports and education.
“Our programs will teach and inspire you to take advantage of every opportunity to better your lives. Providing top notch instruction, knowledge and utilizing resources has always been the cornerstone of our organization,” Smith said.
For more information on Hawaii Island Hoops and its programs, contact Smith at (808) 937-3082 or [email protected]