University of Hawaii security guard Biwali Bayles has decided to stay in Australia and pursue a professional basketball career.
Bayles announced his decision to leave the UH basketball program on social media and confirmed it Wednesday in a phone interview with the Honolulu Star Advertiser.
Bayles said the move will allow him to support his family and pursue an ambition to play professionally.
“My family is in a difficult position,” said Bayles. “Obviously, homesickness played an important role in (the decision). I originally planned to be with my family and I felt that pursuing the professional ball is a better opportunity for me and my family and I can take care of them. “
UH coach Eran Ganot said he supported Bayles.
“I love him,” said Ganot. “We have a really good relationship. He has a great family. All you can do in situations like this is support him in what we do and we will put down roots for him. “
In his lonely UH season, Bayles averaged 6.2 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.6 assists. He played in all 21 games starting at 12 and combined 40.4% of his shots, including 43.2% on 3s.
Bayles returned to Australia after UH was eliminated from the Big West tournament on March 11th. He is in quarantine as part of the Australian incoming traveler health protocols.
“It was definitely hard for me to be away from (my family),” said Bayles. “The COVID year made me even more homesick. There was less to do to distract me from it. It was definitely tough. “
Bayles is hoping to get a spot in the Australian National Basketball League. Bayles trained with the Sydney Kings before joining the Bows.
“I feel like I was on my way and achieved what I wanted to do,” said Bayles. “When I was a kid, I dreamed of playing college basketball. I did it. “
Since the end of the season, forwards James Jean-Marie and Justin Hemsley and guards Justin Webster and Kameron Ng have entered the NCAA’s transfer portal. In January, striker Manel Ayol made the move.