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Kaniela Aiona enters his third year as Menlo College Men's Basketball Head Coach in 2017-18. During his inaugural season at the helm of the program, the Oaks tripled their win total and reached double-digits in the win column. Additionally, they beat four teams that held a top-25 ranking including a marquee victory over the 10th ranked team in the nation, Arizona Christian. the win over Arizona Christian goes in the record books as its first victory over a top-10 opponent in program history. Menlo has seen a marked improvement as the team ranked ninth in NAIA Div. I in total rebound defense (31.143), 17th in scoring defense per game (70.679), 24th in rebound margin (3.821), and 45th free throw percentage (70.2%). The team's assist-to-turnover ratio in 2015-16 was the highest the program has seen in over ten years. Four men have earned Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete and GSAC Scholar-Athlete honors while another was awarded the Cliff Hamlow Champion of Character Award, the first time a Menlo Men's Basketball player received the award.
Aiona brings with him a wealth of knowledge as a coach, recruiter and professional scout. He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Central Methodist University (Fayette, Mo.) from 2006-2008 and earned a master's degree in Education. From there, he spent a pair of seasons as an assistant coach at NCAA Div. III Lake Forest College and two seasons at NCAA Div. III Benedictine University (Lisle, Ill.) before assuming his most recent position at Saint Leo University. His duties as an assistant coach have included recruiting, scouting, player development, basketball operations, fundraising and strength and conditioning. In addition to his collegiate coaching duties, Aiona has worked as a Chicago regional scout for ClibHoops, trained national team members from Italy, Latvia, Ukraine, Greece, China and Taiwan and worked for Attack Athletics in 2011 where he trained six NBA Draftees.
Aiona earned his bachelor's degree from Webster University (Groves, Mo.) where he was a four-year letter winner and helped the team to a pair of conference championships and an NCAA National Tournament appearance as the team's captain. He was both all-conference and academic all-conference and graduated in the Top 10 in school history in points, rebounds, blocks and free throws made.
2017-18 Men's Basketball Roster
|0||Anders Nymo||JR||G||6-1||175||Oslo, Norway||Wang Sports Academy|
|2||Colton Wirth||JR||G||6-4||200||Redmond, Wash.||University of La Verne|
|3||Ben Graham||SR||G||6-1||185||Sydney, Australia||Baulkham Hills HS|
|4||Charles Neal||FR||G||6-3||180||Palm Springs, Calif.||Rancho Mirage HS|
|5||Mikey Eggleton||SR||G||5-11||175||Pleasant Hill, Calif.||College Park HS|
|11||Jeremiah Testa||SO||G||6-1||180||Belmont, Calif.||Junipero Serra|
|12||N'Jai LeBlanc||FR||G||6-0||205||Redwood City, Calif.||Sequoia HS|
|15||Jared Wall||SO||G||6-1||185||Folsom, Calif.||Folsom HS|
|22||John Paine||SO||F||6-6||205||Portland, Ore.||Portland Central Catholic|
|25||Kalan Camero||SR||G||6-1||185||Kamuela, Hawaii||Hawaii Preparatory Academy|
|31||Tyler Evans||SR||F||6-4||185||Arnold, Calif.||Bret Harte HS|
|32||Henry Cornelious||JR||F||6-4||250||Berkeley, Calif.||Cal Poly Pomona|
|42||Aric Fredlund||JR||F||6-10||225||Prescott, Ariz.||Prescott HS|
|44||Michael Hauser||SO||F||7-0||260||Alamo, Calif.||Bishop O'Dowd|