May 4—The University of Hawaii men's basketball team has received a commitment from an accurate-shooting, junior-college guard.
Amoro Lado of College of the Southern Idaho will sign a scholarship agreement, join the Rainbow Warriors this summer, and then have three seasons of UH eligibility.
"I'm really excited to get out there, for sure, " Lado said in a telephone interview. He said the UH coaches, future teammates and the program's direction factored in his decision.
At 6 feet 3, Lado can play the point or two guard. He is a skilled ball-handler who averaged 12 points and 3.3 rebounds in 24.3 minutes per game this season. Lado connected on 47 % of his 3s.
"Just countless hours in the gym, " Lado said of his shooting efficiency.
With help from a teammate or shooting machine, Lado will put in extra work each day. The machine has a netting that "rebounds " shots, then fires out passes to the shooter. Lado said he will place four balls into the machine, and auto-set passes at 3-second intervals. Depending on whether he had practiced earlier, Lado will take between 300 and 1, 000 shots per session.
"Once I feel satisfied, which is never, or when I get tired, I hang it up and come back the next day and keep doing it, " Lado said.
Lado was born in San Diego and moved to Caldwell, Idaho during middle school. "It was a culture shock." Lado said. "I'm still a city guy. But at the same time, I was young, I made friends quick."
Lado excelled in basketball, making the varsity team near the end of his freshman year. As a Vallivue High senior, Lado averaged 24.8 points in 2019, the most in Idaho's 4A /5A classification since 1997. He was named state player of the year in 2019.
Lado said he finds motivation from the memory of his older brother Edward, who died of a seizure during Lado's freshman year.
"Dealing with that made me hungrier, " Lado said. "That was my 'why.' Why do you play ? Why do you play hard ? Why do you work out so much ? There are many reasons, but that's one of them. I feel I have choices. I'm here and he's not. While I'm here, I have to make my time worth it. I have to make every second, minute, hour count by playing hard all the time."