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Hawaii walk-on pulls double duty

Think you had a busy holiday weekend?

Hawaii walk-on guard Jeremiah Ostrowski caught two passes in the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl, and less than 24 hours later on Christmas played two minutes in his college basketball debut in the Diamond Head Classic on campus.

The 5-foot-9 Ostrowski did not score in Hawaii's surprising win against Mississippi State, but his quick turnaround was even more impressive because he told Warrior Insider afterward that he was playing with a sprained shoulder.

"That was something I wasn't expecting to get -- much playing time," Ostrowski said of his surprising basketball debut. "I hurt my shoulder yesterday in the (football) game … so I wasn’t expecting to play at all."

What's more, Ostrowski has yet to complete a full practice with the UH basketball team. He agreed to join the basketball team earlier this month, but said his primary focus would be with the football team until after the Hawaii Bowl.

It was announced Dec. 8 that Ostrowski would be joining the basketball team after the bowl game, but who knew it would be a mere hours afterward?

A Honolulu native, Ostrowski was a four-time all-state first-team selection in high school, but declined the basketball offers he received to play wide receiver.

Recent transfers under first-year coach Gib Arnold have made Ostrowski a welcome addition to Hawaii's backcourt, and he got some court time to get a sense of what it's like to play Division I basketball before the Warriors open WAC play this week with a tough road game at Utah State.

"I just wanted to get him out there to (have him) realize, "Hey Miah, you're playing for us. We're going to need you,'" Arnold told reporters.