What’s in a name?
Chaminade senior Dantley Walker was named after a favorite player of his father, Greg — Basketball Hall of Famer Adrian Dantley, a former Notre Dame standout.
“He went to his camps and stuff when he was a kid,” Walker said after scoring a team-high 23 points in the Silverswords’ 96-72 win over California in this year’s Maui Jim Maui Invitational seventh-place game.
“When I was born it came down to names: Dee, like Dee Brown, or Dantley, like Adrian Dantley.”
Dantley’s mother, Angela, had final say in the matter.
“My mom, he was like, ‘Hey, how about Dantley?’ “ he said. “She said, ‘Yeah, that’s a great name.’ So, that’s how I got Dantley.”
Cal will try to have its season turn out better than the ones experienced by previous Division I teams that have finished last in the Maui Invitational.
The six D-I teams that have placed seventh, plus Davidson, which was last in a four-team event in 1984, have finished a combined 67-149 in those seasons, a .310 winning percentage.
None of the teams have finished better than four games above .500 (Oklahoma was 14-18 in 2010-11). The poorest winning percentage belongs to the 2007-08 Princeton team that went 6-23 (.207).
Dan Williams helps coordinate 50 volunteers who work during the week to raise funds for the Lahainaluna High School boys basketball team.
“We travel twice over to Oahu for preseason (tournaments),” Williams said. “It gets pretty expensive, so we’re constantly fundraising, but this is one of our big ones.”
While the Lunas’ players are in school or at practice during the tournament, “we’ve got parents involved and that way it helps us fundraise,” Williams said.
“I’ve got people from my (Harvest Kumulani) church, people from the community that just want to be part of this great event.”
One of the volunteers is Williams’ 11-year-old son James, who is in his fifth year as a ball and towel boy for the event. James Williams was featured on a spot in the ESPN2 broadcast of the fifth-place game between Michigan and Virginia Commonwealth.
“That was pretty cool for dad,” Dan Williams said.
“It’s just been a great trip overall, just bonding with the guys off the court. Hawaii’s a great place to be. Just taking a dip in the pool or the ocean, and really just bonding with the guys and getting to know the guys better off the court.”
— Michigan’s Jon Teske, on off-the-court Maui experiences