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Hawaii men’s basketball: New Lakers assistant Phil Handy expresses ‘gratitude’ for Toronto

By Brian McInnis on July 15, 2019

Phil Handy has an uncanny knack for being in the right place at the right time, a skill he demonstrated yet again last NBA season in Toronto. The former Hawaii men’s basketball guard and two-time NBA champion as an assistant coach is leaving for Los Angeles, where his career took off as a player development coach with the Lakers back in 2011-13. The move was first reported by Marc J. Spears of ESPN and The Undefeated. The Lakers, who feature […]

Hawaii men’s basketball: Diamond Head Classic pairings announced, UH draws Ball State

By Stephen Tsai on July 11, 2019

The Rainbow Warriors will open against Ball State in the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic on Dec. 22, ESPN Events announced today. Depending on the outcome, the ‘Bows will face either UTEP or Washington. The other first-round pairings are Houston against Portland, and Georgia Tech against Boise State. Ball State returns eight letterwinners from a team that went 16-17 overall (6-12 in the Mid-American Conference). The Cardinals are touring Costa Rica this summer. The 2019 Bracket for the Hawaiian Airlines […]

Hawaii men’s basketball: Noah Allen makes Wizards’ NBA Summer League roster

By Brian McInnis on July 3, 2019

Former Hawaii men’s basketball forward Noah Allen has another opportunity to impress in NBA circles. Allen, who was drafted by and spent last year with the Washington Wizards’ G League outfit, the Capital City Go-Go, received an invitation to play for the Wizards’ NBA Summer League squad in Las Vegas beginning Saturday. “I’m just excited and blessed for the opportunity and hope to make the most of it,” Allen messaged Hawaii Warrior World on Wednesday. Allen averaged 26.4 minutes in […]

Hawaii men’s basketball back on the court

By Stephen Tsai on July 2, 2019

After a break of about seven weeks or so, the Hawaii basketball team was back on the court yesterday. The NCAA allows members eight hours each week for team activities, of which up to four hours may be spent on the court. This training session runs for about six weeks. > What’s new? As previously reported, Gibson Johnson and Jack Rydquist have been added as graduate managers. Dominic Drury, who was a graduate manager last year, is now the assistant […]

Hawaii men’s basketball: Brocke Stepteau pursuing music career in NYC

By Stephen Tsai on June 26, 2019

Former Hawaii guard Brocke Stepteau has put his basketball dreams on pause, just for a little bit, while he pursues a music career in New York City. A few months after the release of his album Ascension Stepteau is spending time in the Big Apple as an independent hip-hop artist. In a text to the Warrior Beat, Stepteau wrote: “Working in a studio. I’m an independent artist … which means I’m not signed to a label, so that money I […]

Hawaii men’s basketball: Gibson Johnson returns as graduate manager

By Brian McInnis on June 25, 2019

Former Hawaii forward Gibson Johnson is still looking to go pro in basketball — just not with a jersey on his back. He’ll be wearing aloha shirts on the sidelines instead. Johnson was made official as a graduate manager with the Rainbow Warriors for the 2019-20 season this week, with an eye toward an eventual career as a coach or perhaps more. “I’m excited to be back with the team. I have an awesome staff to learn from and a great […]

Hawaii men’s basketball: Team manager Dominic Drury promoted

By Stephen Tsai on June 24, 2019

Dominic Drury has been promoted from graduate manager to the Hawaii basketball team’s assistant director of basketball operations. The past season was Drury’s first with the Rainbow Warriors after serving as Saint Mary’s student manager for four years. Drury had served the ‘Bows’ marketing coordinator and coordinator of the managers, as well as assisting with videos, facility scheduling, statistical analysis, scouting and practice preparation. In his new role, Drury will assist Jesse Nakanishi, the director of basketball operations. * * […]

Hawaii men’s basketball: Jack Purchase’s stock on the rise in Australia

By Stephen Tsai on June 19, 2019

Former UH basketball player Jack Purchase is having quite a week back in his native Australia. The Emerging Boomers have added Purchase to Australia’s entry in the 30th Sumer Universiade — also known as the World University Games — next month in Italy. “It’s an honor to wear the green and gold again,” Purchase texted to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. “And I can’t wait to get over to Italy and represent Australia but also represent the great state of Hawaii.” Also, […]