According to sources at Punahou, sophomore Falcon Kaumatule is no longer attending basketball practice.
They believe he is in Las Vegas and will transfer to Bishop Gorman High School, though nothing official has been shared with Punahou. The first relevant information was a tweet posted on Friday by Alama Uluave, a classmate and teammate of Kaumatule at Punahou.
Shoutout to my huge tall lil bro Falcon Kaumatule Bout to wreck it up at Bishop Gorman! Love ya bro! #BuffNBlu forever
— Alama Uluave (@alama_uluave) December 30, 2016
Kaumatule, a 6-foot-8, 230-pound sophomore, is a center on the Buffanblu hoops team and a defensive end on the football squad.
Neither source at Punahou was willing to speak on the record. Kaumatule’s brothers, Luke and Canton, played at Punahou and went on to play at Stanford and Oregon, respectively.
Bishop Gorman has quite a history of recruiting island athletes before and during high school. Several football players have made the move to the Silver State with members of their families. Among the most notable was former Saint Louis standout Haskell Garrett, who dominated as a defensive end and receiver as a freshman on the JV — ninth graders are not permitted to play varsity football in the ILH.
Mililani and ‘Iolani are among other island schools that have seen student-athletes transfer to Bishop Gorman in recent years.