Officials with the Maui Jim Maui Invitational and Chaminade say a plan announced in October to have the Silverswords play in the event only in odd-numbered years after this season could benefit the tournament and the school.
In years Chaminade does not visit Maui, it will play on the Mainland against a team headed to the Valley Isle.
“There was nothing more important to (Maui Invitational owner) KemperLesnik as it relates to this tournament than Chaminade’s welfare and well-being,” tournament chairman Dave Odom said last week.
Chaminade athletic director Bill Villa acknowledged the school is “going to miss” playing on Maui, but noted gains that include additional revenue — he declined to specify an amount — and a 10-year extension on the tournament contract, which brings the agreement to 2030.
“We had questions from within our own university,” Villa said. “When they hear it, they can understand that it can really help not only basketball get a different experience, but this can help the whole department.”
Next year, Chaminade will be in a field with Michigan, California, LSU, Marquette, Notre Dame, Wichita State and Virginia Commonwealth. Duke will vie for a sixth Maui title in 2018, with Arizona, Gonzaga, Xavier, Illinois, San Diego State, Iowa State and Auburn also heading to Lahaina.
“We’re not saying it’s a perfect plan, but we do think it’s a good plan, and has a chance to be a very good plan,” Odom said.
Oregon has a tournament-high five players who list hometowns outside of the United States.
Three are from Canada –Ontario’s Dillon Brooks and Dylan Ennis and Quebec’s Chris Boucher. Kavell Bigby-Williams is from England and Roman Sorkin is from Israel.
Canada has four players in the field altogether. The other is Tennessee’s Kyle Alexander of Ontario.
Meyer and the media
Yacine Meyer, a Seabury Hall graduate, is interning for KemperLesnik this week.
Meyer is in the first year of a sports management master’s degree program at the University of San Francisco, and is providing stats for media members as well as helping with news conferences.
“Learning a lot, having a lot of fun and I get to watch great basketball,” Meyer said.
“We’re kind of letting them punch us in the mouth.”
— Payton Pritchard, on what opponents have done in Oregon’s losses
Jawun Evans, Oklahoma St. 35
Jalen Adams, Connecticut 34
Rodney Pryor, Georgetown 26
Isaiah Hicks, North Carolina 22
Chris Boucher, Oregon 13
Rodney Pryor, Georgetown 10
Nigel Hayes, Wisconsin 10
Kennedy Meeks, North Carolina 10
Jawun Evans, Oklahoma St. 6,
Jalen Adams, Connecticut 6
Bronson Koenig, Wisconsin 4
L.J. Peak, Georgetown 4
Dylan Ennis, Oregon 4
Rodney Purvis, Connecticut 4
Joel Berry II, North Carolina 4
Brandon Robinson, N. Carolina 4