Video: PacWest TV highlights UH Hilo basketball player and horseman

A native of Lake Charles, LA, Van Lockett is definitely more than meets the eye. A horse trainer from a young age, Van is not your average ball player.

By Susan Enright.

Van Lockett on the court. Click to enlarge.
Van Lockett on the court. Click to enlarge.

Wayne Coito of PacWest TV introduces you to University of Hawai‘i at Hilo student-athlete Vandyon “Van” Lockett.

A native of Lake Charles, LA, Van is definitely more than meets the eye. A horse trainer from a young age, Van is not your average ball player. His love and relationship with these animals show why he’s become one of the go-to players on the Vulcan men’s basketball team.

High-scoring point guard Lockett, who is majoring in criminal justice, signed with UH Hilo in May of this year.

“We are very excited to add Van to our program,” says UH Hilo Head Coach GE Coleman. “Van’s style of play and competitiveness fits well with our program and the identity we want. He is unselfish, plays hard and is ultra-competitive. Van is a quality point guard with the ability to get us into our offense, create for others while being a play maker and can score. His ability to defend the basketball is something we need and our defensive pressure needs to start with our perimeter players on the ball.”

The 5-foot-10 Lockett is a transfer from Centralia College (WA) and a 2007 graduate of LaGrange Senior High School in Lake Charles, LA.

 

Susan Enright is a public information specialist for the Office of the Chancellor and editor of UH Hilo Stories. She received her bachelor of arts in English and certificate in women’s studies from UH Hilo.