University of Hawai'i men's basketball junior guards Leland Green and Brandon Thomas both handed in their transfer requests earlier this week. UH Athletics confirmed that the requests were granted on Thursday as Green and Thomas were released from their scholarships.
"Both Leland and Brandon have been stellar representatives of our basketball program. We appreciate all their contributions during their time here and wish them all the best going forward. They'll always be part of the UH ohana," head coach Eran Ganot said in a statement.
Green, a Compton native, has been with the team for the past three seasons. As a freshman, he started in 18 of the 27 games he played, averaging 7.0 points during the 2016-17 season. In his sophomore year, he played in 30 games, starting in 18. He averaged 5.6 points as he finished the year fourth on the team in 3-pointers made (28) and third on the team in steals with 22. After undergoing shoulder surgery, he was limited to an average of 8.3 minutes and 2.6 points in his junior season.
The 6’4” Thomas first came to Hawaiʻi as a JUCO transfer from California’s Riverside City College. As a sophomore, he played in 23 games off the bench, averaging 1.8 points. He had a career high of 13 points on 5-of-6 shooting in a win over Adams State. As a junior, Thomas played in 13 games, starting three and averaging 1.2 points.
The two guards each enter the NCAA transfer portal with one year of eligibility left.
UH will now have four scholarships available in the upcoming recruiting class.