Video: Micah Kapoi Readies to Play Hawaii

A week after making his first career start, redshirt freshman guard Micah Kapoi gets a bigger treat by having the opportunity to play against his home state Hawaii Warriors.

MADISON - Micah Kapoi’s parents won’t be in attendance Saturday when No.22 Wisconsin takes on Hawaii in the final nonconference game at Camp Randall Stadium, but he knows he’s going to have a strong cheering section in his corner.

Kapoi, the only native Hawaiian on Wisconsin’s roster, said he’s trying to treat this weekend’s matchup against the Warriors (2-1) as the next game on the schedule. It’s easier said than done, especially since Kapoi was originally committed to Hawaii before flipping his commitment in December 2013.

“It’s pretty cool,” said Kapoi. “I’ve been looking forward to it. It’s a chance to get out there and play guys that I know. Everybody on the mainland I don’t know. It’s a cool feeling to get out and play against guys you played in high school to see how much better they’ve got and how they are doing.”

Although junior right guard Walker Williams, who missed last weekend with an ankle injury, practice Tuesday, Kapoi will likely be able to work his way into the rotation. He played in the high 30s in snaps in the home opener and made his first career start last week.

Kapoi talked with reporters after Tuesday’s practice about the oddity of this week, his transition to Wisconsin and much more.

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