Casper College (Wyo.) center Colin Russell will take an official visit to Hawaii this weekend, sources confirmed.
Word is the 6-foot-10 (or 6-foot-9), 224-pound Russell is the first visitor of the spring. Russell, who averaged 9.1 points and 4.8 rebounds in 14.6 minutes per game for the Thunderbirds in 2016-17, would fill a need up front for the Rainbow Warriors. With Russell, the Thunderbirds went 24-9 and reached the second round of the NJCAA Region IX tournament.
UH has two scholarships to award at present, thanks to the NCAA’s reversed decision. Russell played his freshman season as a reserve at Portland of the West Coast Conference before transferring to Casper as a sophomore to get his associates degree.
He appears to be an above-average finisher, at 64.8 percent shooting — however, he shot just 37.4 percent at the foul line. His blocks per game average of 0.8 isn’t bad for someone whose minutes were in the mid-teens.
It sounds like Russell will be on campus the same time as the already signed Samuta Avea takes a visit from all the way up at the North Shore.
No word yet on who Russell’s other primary suitors are.
The signing period begins on April 12 and runs through May 17.