Hawaii's Sept. 18-20 weekend brought two guards to campus on official visits. The weekend already landed a commitment from Austrailian point guard Matthew Owies and it could lead to a second commitment from Long Beach guard Drew Buggs.
Buggs, a three-star combo guard from Long Beach Poly, seemed to enjoy everything on his time on the islands - from the coaching staff, to the environment to even the athletic director.
“I had a really good time on the visit,” Buggs said. “I really liked the coaching staff. I liked how they were upfront with everything as far as the program. I liked Hawaii overall, it’s a really nice place. The people are nice, there’s a lot of cool things to do, I like the players on the team. They have a good team, it's a good program, I liked the athletic director. The whole staff. I really liked Hawaii. They are really cool and upfront.”
“They’ve been one of the schools that have been recruiting me the hottest. The only visit I’ve taken has been to Hawaii.”
Buggs holds an offer from UH, along with Dartmouth and Cal State Bakersfield. He is also hearing from a host of schools including Drake, Iowa State, Portland State, UC Davis, UC Irvine and Wichita State. Hawaii has been in the picture since the spring when Hawaii assistant coach Chris Acker began recruiting the Southern California talent on the Earl Watson Elite team. Acker is a native of the area as well.
Acker has made a good impression on Buggs’s family. The 2016 recruit has been leaning on the advice of his parents throughout this process, especially his father, Andrew Buggs. Andrew Buggs played college football at Iowa State and has the experience went through the recruiting process himself.
“They like hawaii a lot,” Buggs said of his parents. “They like the coaching staff. They also like the fact that like all the conference games are in California so they can make them. We live in Long Beach, so we play Long Beach State, that’s right here. My dad has been helping me out throughout the process. He said he really liked the Hawaii staff, how honest they were upfront and how they run their program.”
On the court, Buggs lists his top strengths as his defense, ability to drive to the rim, setting up teammates and being an all-around contributor. After landing Australian point guard Owies, Buggs is being recruited as a combo guard.
“I can play the 1 or the 2 or even the 3 versus a small lineup,” Buggs said. “I’m someone who likes to effect the game in the little ways. I like to do all the little things. They told me I can come in and compete for a spot. They said they like to play 4-out or 5-out so I can play any of the guard positions.”
Buggs’ visit to Hawaii left him contemplating a decision to commit. For now, he says Hawaii is his top school.
“I haven’t setup any (other visits),” Buggs said. “Right now, I’m really interested in Hawaii. We’ll see, I might not even take another visit. I’ve been talking with my parents about it. Right now, Hawaii is the frontrunner.”