Auburn offers scholarship to Maryknoll hoopster Sage Tolentino

Sage Tolentino still has two years of high school but his future is becoming clearer. Photo by Cindy Ellen Russell / Star-Advertiser

Sage Tolentino has something in common with Charles Barkley.

The 7-foot Maryknoll junior received a scholarship offer from Auburn, Barkley’s alma mater, on Tuesday. This is his first offer from the Southeastern Conference (SEC). Kansas offered in early July and Tennessee State also offered in late August.

“I am excited and feel so humbled to have received an offer from the SEC conference,” Tolentino said. “I have been in contact with them for awhile. Coach (Wes) Flanigan and (Head) Coach (Bruce) Pearl have been great to get to know and have become family. We talk a lot of basketball and a lot of family and food.”

Tolentino’s parents, Becky and Grant, are stoked.

“My parents just keep smiling and are beyond blessed for the continued blessings that God is graciously offering me. They continue to be at a loss for words,” he said.

Photo courtesy of Sage Tolentino.

Life in the Tri-States area – Hamilton, Ohio – where he is training allows Tolentino to work with elite coaches and players.

“I work out six days a week with speed and agility, strength training, on-court skills, yoga, stretching and scrimmage runs from 8 a.m. to noon. Then school from 3:30 to 9 p.m.,” he said. “It’s a sacrifice for sure, but worth it.”

Tolentino said in August that he would play for Maryknoll this season, and then play on the continent as a senior.

“Shout out to my friends and family. I just love them, and want them to always know my heart and soul are with Hawaii,” he said. “And last, but not least, my Heavenly Father for all that he has given me.”

From left: Cholo Anonoevuevo, Jaxon Hayes of the New Orleans Pelicans, Sage Tolentino and Adam Kunkel.
Photo courtesy of Sage Tolentino.
Photo courtesy of Sage Tolentino.
Photo courtesy of Sage Tolentino.
Photo courtesy of Sage Tolentino.
Photo courtesy of Sage Tolentino.
Photo courtesy of Sage Tolentino.


  1. Paul Honda October 6, 2020 6:16 pm

    To “B Lot”
    The ‘Iolani Classic is cancelled this year. He is training with and competing against some of the top players in the Tri-States area while Hawai’i gyms are locked down. Seems reasonable to me.

  2. me October 6, 2020 7:10 pm

    work hard braddah !!! we are praying for you !!! TYJ !!!

  3. Rebel October 6, 2020 7:20 pm

    He should consider Playing Volleyball in College

  4. Randy Wong October 6, 2020 7:25 pm

    Keep working hard Sage! Your family is so proud of you and your successes!

  5. Alan Walls October 7, 2020 7:36 am

    Kansas is not in the SEC.

  6. Paul Honda October 7, 2020 10:49 pm

    To “B Lot”
    That’s one reason why he’s competing every day against different completion. One day, Jackson Hayes ran with them for some pickup games.
    Not sure what your point is, other than to criticize Sage for absolutely no reason. Just to be an anonymous heckler? Or you’re just jealous?

  7. Seawalker October 9, 2020 12:57 pm

    Remember Brad Pineau of ULS? Ended up at U.H. and look what happened to him. Go away and do good.

  8. Paul Honda October 9, 2020 3:07 pm

    To “B Lot”
    Sage Tolentino is doing what he believes needs to be done. You keep bringing up the past. He’s getting stronger every day and will continue getting better on the court. Basically, you’re saying that you’re going to keep repeating your point about what he did or did not do as a freshman and sophomore.

    Frankly, you smell jealous, brother. Completely. Nothing more to offer this conversation other than to beat your point to death.

  9. Paul Honda October 9, 2020 9:21 pm

    To “B Lot”
    You use a lot of words to put down a 15-year-old kid. Nobody I’ve seen here or on social has described him as a “messiah” as you do. Or rather, mock.

    All those words. They add up to one thing: You are immature enough to use a fake name while insulting a kid. All of our keiki in Hawaii deserve respect. Adults like you who don’t have the guts to post your real name, COWARD. I’ve only known a few as pompous as you in two decades of message boards. None of them did any good. One of them is a criminal.

    Sage will be fine regardless of the occasional chickenhead like you. See you someday soon, I hope.

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