Butts Believes: "Malia needs to get a little bit stronger, but her willingness to work is there. As she comes along, she's going to add some size and depth to our team."
High School: Four-year letterwinner at Moreau Catholic High in Hayward, Calif. ... San Francisco Chronicle honorable all-metro as a junior... Helped lead team to North Coast Section Division IV semifinals... Four-year varsity player who earned starting role as a sophomore, averaging 15 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks per game, earning HAAL All-League honors... Made 1,000-point club as a junior, with averages of 19.1, 11.5 and 4.5 in scoring, rebounding and blocked shots to earn league Most Valuable Player and first-team citation... Earned second-team All-East Bay as a senior ... Twice named to all-state team, including 3rd-team honors after senior campaign ... McDonalds All-American nominee ... Ranked #10 at her position nationally ... Third-leading scorer all-time in school history with 1,615 points ... Also ranks among school's all-time leaders in rebounds and blocked shots ... Named to Honor Roll all four years as a prep ... Led Mariners to 25-3 record and league championship as a senior while averaging 25 points, 12 rebounds and 6 blocked shots ... Played for East Bay Explosion club team ... Named to Top Ten at All-American Camp.
Personal: Born Aug. 21, 1990 in Daly City, Calif. ... Full name is Malia Marie Nahinu ... Daughter of Paul and Yvette Nahinu ... Only girl among three brothers Christopher (25), Nicholas (19) and Trevor (6) ... Communications major with minor in photography with plans to become a magazine designer ... Owner of brown belt in karate ... Played the clarinet for five years ... Enjoys spending time with her family, listening to music and working with children.
Why Arizona?: "I decided to come to Arizona over other schools because of the layout of the campus, the opportunity to play basketball at a high level and to receive a top-notch education. I also love the sun! Along with that, I see a rising basketball program in these upcoming years."
Books - A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly
Movies - Houseguest, Rush Hour trilogy, Coach Carter, Double Teamed
Food - Mexican, watermelon
Pro Athletes - Diana Taurasi, Dirk Nowitzki, Michael Jordan, Lisa Leslie
Television Shows - Fresh Prince
Non-sport Activities - Shopping, Listening to music