Thursday, May 24, 2012

Medlock heads to the Aloha State

Fresno City College big DeAndre Medlock will now be playing for Coach Ken Wagner and BYU-Hawaii next season.

The 6-foot-10 Medlock averaged 9.4 points per game this past season on 67% shooting, along with 194 rebounds and 33 blocked shots.

The Seasiders, based in Laie on the island of Oahu, finished 17-10 overall, 14-4 in Pacific West Conference play last season.

Other members of the league are Dixie State, Grand Canyon, Dominican, California Baptist, Chaminade, Notre Dame de Namur, Hawaii Pacific, Hawaii Hilo and Academy of Art University.

66 comments:

  1. Congratulations DeAndre! You are going to love it there! The people in that community, as well as the faculty and staff there at BYU-Hawaii are wonderful! Aloha!

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  2. Aloha DeAndre, I am so happy you chose BYUH. It's a great school for many reasons and the community is awesome. The environment is like no other and I am sure you will have a great experience.

    I played BBall at BYUH for 2 years and learned a lot about myself and what I wanted out of life. This school and place has a way of doing that. Although small, the school is beautiful and the backdrop and scenery is like no other.

    There have been many players from BYUH that went on to play professionally, include the NBA, so you'll have your opportunities here. The pipeline is great for International Ball as well.

    At BYUH you'll experience many things, but the most unique of them is the Aloha Spirit. It's one of those things that you can't know until you experience it but it's a feeling of home and love from all those around you. Can't wait to watch you play here. My family and I come to every home game so we'll be cheering for you every night. Good luck and can't wait to see you in the Seasider Colors.

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    1. congrats dre..great school you chose..laie is a lovely place to be..i love it so you'll love it..no doubt..looking forward to hearing great great things about you here in l-town..GOOOOOO SEASIDERS

      LOVE AMBER&LEI TOALEI

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  3. Awesome kid from an awesome family! Great pick up for BYU-H!

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  4. Aloha DeAndre,

    We are so happy you chose BYUH and can't wait to see you play. You'll love the school and you made a very good choice in selecting BYUH.

    I played 2 years at BYUH under Coach Wagner and he is a good guy. You learn a lot about yourself and where you want to be in life at BYUH. The place is small but the people and the professors are great. The backdrop is one of a kind and you'll fall in love with the Community once you get to know them.

    I love my experience at BYUH and playing ball there. Many of the guys that I played with went on to play professionally overseas. We've even had some go on to play in the NBA from BYUH. It has a great pipeline if that is your intention but more than that this place helps you develop into a great person. That doesn't show up in the annual reports but it's so true about this place.

    My family and I watch all the home games and my kids love cheering for the Seasiders. We can't wait to see you in a Seasider uniform and look forward to cheering for you soon. Take care and look forward to seeing you when you get here. Go 'Siders!!

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  5. Congradulations Dre'... Way to keep your education going as well as your athletic career. Great things will continue to open up for you. Wish you the best in the coming up season. Continue to make your family and friends proud. Go Seasiders!!!

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  6. Congratulations Dre'! You don't know me but Benjie let us know that you're coming. You made a good choice. Coach Wagner lives 4 doors down from me and he is a good man and a great coach. Laie is a very special place and BYU-Hawaii has one of the most positive atmospheres around. We like to win out here but with lots of aloha! Good luck!

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  7. Aloooooooooha DeAndre,

    Welcome to Laie, Hawaii for the next few years. You've made a great choice to play for the Seasiders and I'm sure your previous coaches have prepared you well for this next step and we are so excited to watch you play for our home team. We've never met but you have ties to Laie and that makes you family to this community already. Besides the great time you're going to have with the Seasiders you are definitely going to enjoy everything about Hawaii -- especially the people. You're going to love your experience here. See you soon. Aloha from the Moe family!

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  8. Congrats DeAndre! What a great choice you have made to join the Seasiders in Lai'e, Hawaii! BYU-Hawaii is a wonderful university and atmosphere to continue your education! My family and I wish you the best!

    Alicia Andresen and Ohana

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  9. Congratulations DeAndre! What a treat for us Laie and BYUH Alumni's. We look forward to watching and cheering you on throughout the season. I know you will adjust well in our family oriented community.

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  10. Cheeeeewhoooo.....congrats cuz! Gud to see that the famz everywhere is doing it big! You'll love L-Town.....and BYU-H is like no other place....if you need anything, hit me up...im on island in town. Congrats again, and keep up da positive works cuzn! Simi.

    One of your Laie aiga....lol

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  11. Aloha Dre!:) Just Wanted To Stop By & Tell You Congrats On Coming To BYU-H! Youre Going To Love It<3 There Is One Thing That We Have Tha NO other School Has On This Earth & I Promise You Wont Find It Anywhere Else...It'sThe Aloha Spirit<3 :) I'm Excited For You & Will Be There To Support You Along With Everyone Else Here Waiting For You, Every Step Of The Way:)

    Go Seasiders!!!!

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  12. Dre' we are so excited that you'll be at a wonderful university and a beautiful, loving community! Tulani tells everyone she sees that "her" brother is going to Hawaii!

    Aloha,
    Benjie

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  13. This will be the best journey of your life and everyone in our little town of Laie will welcome you with open arms....You made a good choice to join BYUH BASKEBALL TEAM...What an awesome program. I work here on the BYUH CAMPUS and is a relative to Benjie. Look out for me when you get here. My name is Aunty Dot Fiso and I work in the Health Center. Good Luck with your future plans.
    ALOHA

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  14. Aloha, Dre' I was very excited about your coming to Hawaii, especially to play for BYU-HI. I am already planning my trips to Laie, by HANDIVAN. Benji, has talked highly of you, and that's good enough for me. I love her and her judgment. You will love Hawaii, the Ohana will embrace and love you...

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  15. YAY for BYU-Hawaii!! How exciting that he has chosen to come to Hawaii. Can't wait to meet another member of our ohana & cheer him on at games. How wonderful that Dre will learn of the spirit of "Aloha" & Laie. We may be an island but we have a lot of love for friends & ohana. Looking forward to meeting you Dre -Aunty Nei

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  16. From what I hear, DeAndre will make a great addition to the Seasiders. It's a great team at an awesome school. Best of luck, DeAndre!

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  17. You've chosen an amazing school to further your education and share your athletic talent! The cultural diversity and the "Aloha Spirit" is something unique to this campus. I'm confident that you'll have an incredible experience attending BYU-Hawaii and living the island life. I wish you all the best for your future endeavors!

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  18. Dreams play a big role in my life, as I am sure it does for everyone. Growing up in the small town of Laie, I was the type of kid that wanted to grow up so fast, so that I can get off the “rock,” to take life into my own hands and explore the world. As my senior year of high school approached, I realized that colleges had now become a priority in my life, what college should I attend? What I wanted to do? How I was going to get there? Requirements I had to do to get accepted into college. All these questions ran through my mind. Today I find myself in the State of Arizona studying at the best Aeronautical University in the world. Students that attend here come from all over the world to study in the majors that this university has to offer. After leaving Laie, I did not realize how much I wanted to go back. It was like the saying of “You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone,” had suddenly come true. Although leaving home was tough I knew I was ready to spread my wings and fly because of how this community raised me. Laie is perhaps the best place to live, learn, and grow. The people here are so supportive in all you do, and they offer help to those in need in a heartbeat. This community is like a big family. It has a big effect on each life that either lives here or visits. Also there are things to do here, it may be a small town but nearby there’s a beach, awesome high school football games in the fall, movie theater, jobs at one of the biggest tourist attraction places in Hawaii, etc. all in walking distance. So if you ever need a break from studying so hard, or the weekend before finals the beach or the temple (which is so peaceful)are the best places to go to let go of stress and relax. Laie is an amazing community and I know that you, Dre’, will love it there. Supporting you all the way, spread your wings a fly. It’s never a bad thing to try something new. Enjoy your college experience at Brigham Young University Hawaii and congratulations on getting in.

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    1. Io Just Bear Your Testiomony Already! Hahahahaha Luff You!

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  19. Welcome to the Aloha State!! and Laie at that. Happy to hear that you will be coming here. No place like it on this earth! We know your talent will be an addition to the Seasider Roster!! Can't wait to get to a game and show some support!! you'll do greaaaat!!

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  20. Congratulations Dre'!!! You couldn't have picked a better school to play for! You are going to a wonderful and loving community!

    Aloha,
    Vanu (Benjie's mom-all the kids even the grown ones call me Nana) :)

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  21. Excellent choice DeAndre! It is a great school and community and you will love it for life!! We're proud to have you! Laie Strong!!

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  22. Congratulations Dre! Great move picking Hawaii! Can't wait to watch you play when we move home this winter. -Uncle Tanoai

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  23. YAY!! GO DeANDRE!! Everyone loyal to you will watch you where ever you play :) Since my dad is from Laie, I KNOW you're in good hands! Good luck!!

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  24. Dre, congratulations on your choice to enhance both your game and your life by choosing BYU-H as the next chapter in your basketball career. As a guy who graduated from there I can honestly tell you it was one of the greatest experiences I have had to date. The atmosphere and positive vibe you will experience will give you much more than just a great place to hone your basketball skills; it will provide you with a foundation that will carry you through the rest of your life. Best of Luck on your journey. It's the right choice, trust your heart and never look back. Look forward to seeing you play in paradise. Curtis Reed

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  25. Congrats Dre on the decision you made to attend BYU-HAWAII. You will and never forget the experiences that you will receive in Laie and the surrounding communities. You will experience the ALOHA that the people of Laie have. I hope and pray that what ever choices you make in life will affect you in the most positive way. Congrats again from your family in the BAY AREA....

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  26. congrats way to go!

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  27. Congratulations! BYUH is amazing. It is as much a family as a school. In Laie teachers really care about their students. You will fit right into the community which is full of people who known your Mom all of her life and will treat you like family. You can get a great education there in small classes and basketball is great - You will never find better fans anywhere. Unlike the large schools when they only care if you are winning, in Laie the school and community always are there to support you. You will learn why your Mom loves it so much!

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  28. DeAndre-Laie is anxiously awaiting your arrival! The BYU-Hawaii coaches speak very highly of you & your talent and we can't wait to cheer you on.

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  29. Congratulations DeAndre!!! Best of luck to you in your new adventure to BYU-Hawaii!! Wonderful people! Wonderful atmosphere! You're going to love it!:-D So excited for you:-D.

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  30. Yeah DeAndre! Im friends with benji and she said u are coming! Woohoo BYUH is a lot of fun and like everyone else said the spirit of aloha is awesome here! Cant wait to come and cheer u on! you will love it here!

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  31. Congrats on your decision to come to BYU-Hawaii! Laie is a special place, so just soak up the awesomeness of this community while you are here. Seasiders are fortunate to have you... best of luck!

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  32. CONGRATS ON YOUR COLLEGE DECISION DRE!!! = ) You're going to LOVE the school and community n vice versa...LAIE & BYUH is going to take you in as if you're their very own...there's ALOT of culture, history & BEAUTY there...and please dont get me started on the YUMMY GREAT TASTING FOOD...LOL!!! I was born in Laie, but raised in the BAY AREA that i call HOME...but I ALWAYS LOVE to go back to Laie as often as i possibly can...I wish you all the best n know that if you put your head to it, YOU WILL DO WELL!!! = ) GOOD LUCK DRE!!!

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  33. Congratulations on making a final decision DeAndre. Choosing where to continue your athletic career after high school can be a stressful and agonizing process sometimes. I'm sure there are some haters out there who aren't happy with your choice to play at BYU-H. But it is inevitable that good players always leave a trail of haters behind them who don't like where they decide to play college ball. Three years ago, my nephew was a nationally touted recruit in football and was heavily criticized in the media for where he chose to continue his athletic career. Today a lot of people are eating their words because things have turned out great, and he couldn't have asked for a better experience than what he's had so far.

    There's obviously a reason you chose the Seasiders. Whatever it is, you don't need anyone's permission to make up your own mind. Go make your dream come true bro. Don't look back, leave the haters in the dust, and welcome to the Seasider family. Go get 'em DeAndre.

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  34. Wow! How Lucky are we!!! All I can say to you is....THIS PLACE, THIS COMMUNITY, and THIS SCHOOL IS SOMETHING SPECIAL!!! Nothing but Love and Success for You! Those that may try to break you, are obviously those that have not experienced much out of their own comfort zone!!! I'm glad you listened to your heart!!! Welcome to the Red Raider Nation....Oh yeah, my bad...to the Seasiders Home!!! hahahaha.... BYUH in LAIE is....THE GATHERING PLACE! Can't wait to see you work your Magic on the Court!!!!

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  35. Peni Tagoa'i Jr.May 25, 2012 at 8:54 PM

    Congratulations on going to a special place like Laie, HI. BYUH is lucky to have you and after your stay, you'll feel lucky to have had BYUH and Laie in your life as well. You'll be welcomed warmly and when you get there, you'll know why because the people there really know how to take care of each other.

    Best of luck in your basketball endeavors and enjoy the simple living of what that great community has to offer.

    Aloha!

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  36. Congratulations, we are so excited and happy for you. Our daughter Shanda Hannemann will be attending there this fall, and one of her classmates Brody Berry from Lone Peak High School in Highland, Utah will play basketball too. BYUH is a great school with a diverse student body and wonderful community support. Congrats!!

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  37. DeAndre, Just heard of your decision to play for BYUH! We are so excited for your choice and look forward to being able to come and cheer you on when we visit. This is going to be an amazing experience for you. Not only is BYUH a great school, the community of Laie will embrace you like no other. God Bless. Aloha

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  38. Congratulations Dre! I played volleyball for BYU-H and it was an honor to do so. As a team we had the opportunity to travel all over the world to play some awesome teams. We even beat NCAA teams ranked #1 and #2 the same year and haven't gotten invited to play one of the teams since that day! LOL! When we traveled we knew we also had another mission other than to show our love for the sport but also to carry the message of joy and hope through the Gospel of Christ.people wondered why we were so happy. One lady told me she hadn't seen light in a group of people's eyes as she saw in us. We knew why and we shared it with her. You made a great choice. You will gain knowledge in ALL areas of your life that will benefit you for years to come! Aloha nui loa...Aunty!

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  39. Look out BYU Hawaii. You just got an ALL-STAR.
    (Congratulations Philip for your son. !!)

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  40. Yay Dre! Good choice. In fact you made the best choice.

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  41. Aloha Dre...we love you already...can't wait to see you on the court in Laie...I am the surf instructor here at BYUH, so, don't be shy and lets get you on a wave soon lol...Adopted Uncle Joe

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  42. I posted this comment in the wrong area at first - the article written about you last year.

    Congratulations Dre'! I know you are going to have a great experience at BYU-Hawaii, because the people there are genuine and will accept you like you're their own. There is nothing like Laie love, but you can't know that until you live there and experience it yourself. It's like having a big family there when you're away from your own family. On top of getting a good education from BYU-Hawaii, there are so many different cultures and people from all different walks of life, it will just be a great experience for you. Plus, you get to do what you love doing in Paradise right?

    Now that you'll be in Hawaii that gives us another reason to come back home and see you play and cheer you on.

    Uncle Ben (Benjie's twin brother)

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  43. Heard the news! Congrats DeAndre on choosing BYU-Hawaii. I am not from Laie or Hawaii, but a friend of your dads and plan to travel to Hawaii to catch a game or two of yours in the next 2 seasons. Study hard, play hard and have fun! Go Seasiders!

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  44. Dre, congrats bro. You are gonna love it in L-Town. My cousin Sa played for the Seariders. I know you will fit in just right also with everyone. Tell others you are related to Benji and you should be treated like royalty. But just remember to not mention Benzo's name- nah, just kidding. Have a blast in LAIE!

    shawn tanuvasa

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  45. Laie equals family.

    Martha Roy-Johansson

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  46. "Coming to a great school and great community! Wish him the greatest of success in all he does!"

    W.K. Wallace

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  47. "I'm excited for Dre'! My nephew played on the BYUH Basketball team. It was a very positive experience for him. He loved the coaches and the players."

    C. Tutor

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  48. Hey DeAndre, long time no talk man! Last time i saw you was when you played in Vegas for a tournament but it was only for a little. I heard about your choice to go to school/play in my home town! I'm so excited for you man! You are seriously going to fall in love with that school and town man! I will definitely have to come visit and show you around there some time. Good luck bro!

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  49. GOOO DEANDRE!!!!

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  50. Aloha, even though i don't know you, i was asked to express my support for your chosing to transfer to BYUHawaii...As a career move, the school is not known for putting out professional atheletes, however, what the school is known for is putting out the best quality "people" throughout the world. Your skills, talents, and training on the court will be blessed and magnified, in addition you will become more loved, respected, trusted, and obtain more true lifetime friends than you would anywhere else. You will also go forward as an ambassador of "good" to wherever you decide to reside. For myself, coming out of inner-city Los Angeles attending BYUHawaii was never part of my plans, nevertheless, somehow i was directed there nearly 30 years ago and I owe my happy life to my experiences gained there. I'm 50 years old, happily married with 4 kids and I later earned an MBA and I run my own business. Mahalo me kealoha BYUHawaii.

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  51. Congratz DeAndre!! Continued success as you further your education and athletic career in Laie. You could not have picked a better place to do so. You will absolutely enjoy it there, not only for the education and your basketball career, but you will experience a love and family atmosphere like no other! We will be cheering you on!! Much love from Las Vegas!!

    Sos and Family

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  52. Hi DeAndre. We are so happy that you chose to play basketball at BYU-Hawaii, in Laie. The community will be supportive and you will love it there. Hopefully we will be able to visit and maybe watch one of your games this next season. Good luck to you!!

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  53. Congrats Dre'! Everyone talks about how good the school is, but you're gonna see for yourself how special BYUH is. You can't live in Laie and not feel the spirit. I'm jealous.

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  54. DeAndre! I am so excited for you to go to BYU-Hawaii and for BYU-Hawaii to receive you. It will be a perfect fit that you will absolutely fall in love with. You already have fans in Hawaii!!!

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  55. Congratulations DeAndre! What a wonderful opportunity you will have at BYUH and living in Laie. I grew up there and went to BYUH my first year of college. I took my husband back in September for Kahuku's 20 year reunion. It felt so good to be home! Laie is never far from my thoughts. I especially enjoyed the small classes at BYUH and the attention the professors were able to give each student because of this. I loved meeting students from all over the world and learning about their cultures through the activities on campus. You are going to love it out there! Have fun playing basketball out there! We will all be cheering you on!

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  56. Congratulations DeAndre! You get to study and play in Paradise!!! I hope you really take advantage of this opportunity. I think you will be amazed at the support you will receive upon your arrival. Best wishes to you! Just remember to play hard and study just as hard! :)

    Dilys Pence
    (good family friend of Phillip and Benjie)

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  57. Congrats DeAndre! Best of luck in your up coming season. You will find BYU-H to be a warm an supportive community of students teachers and staff.It will be excellent opportunity to learn and grow. Take full advantage of every blessing afforded you as a cherished student on this unique campus. I loved it and I know you will too. Aloha!!

    Dorianne Bunatao (long time friend of Benjie.)

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  58. Congratulations Dre!! You picked the best school to go to and know that you’ll love it there!! Good luck to you on your BYU journey :)

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  59. Yay!! Thanks for choosing BYU HAWAII DeAndre!!!! You made a great decision to join the BYU HAWAIIS BASKETBALL TEAM;):)...You will love it there! Hope to catch one of your basketball games! Much love!

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  60. Aloha DeAndre'! People in Laie are already preparing for your arrival. You'll be well taken care of here. We cannot wait to support you because you are family now. See you in the fall. -Aunty

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  61. I don't know DeAndre Medlock or his family personally but I read this blog often and stumbled across this article and noticed the huge response from other people that don't seem to know him. What a wonderful opportunity for this player to have the kind of support and welcome every college student can only dream of. Good luck to you in Hawaii. Will now keep an eye on you and the rest of your college career.

    Josh

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  62. Congratulations Dre- You will love it! There is no school like BYU-H. My nephew Ephraim is hoping to walk on. What an opportunity! Take it and run with you. You will love the Aloha spirit and there is a lot of Seasider Pride!

    BYUH Grad- Class of 97!

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  63. Dre, you're in for a wonderful surprise. You may never want to leave Laie! Go Seasiders!

    Aloha,
    Sa
    BYUH Alumni, Class of 93!

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  64. Just met this young man on campus. What a nice guy! Look forward to seeing you play!

    Aloha,
    CF - BYUH Alumni and Staff

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