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Rainbow Warrior basketball: Leland Green finds a home

By Brian McInnis on April 10, 2019

Former Hawaii basketball guard Leland Green has found his greener land of opportunity. Green, a reserve who played an average of 8.7 minutes in 27 games in 2018-19, will play at Division II Humboldt State for his senior season. Because he is dropping down a division, he does not have to sit out a season. Green was a courteous, quiet sort who wowed upon his arrival from Los Angeles with a better-than-expected jump shot and a ready-made physique. He enjoyed […]

Leland Green, Brandon Thomas leaving UH basketball team

By Stephen Tsai on March 28, 2019

Reserve guards Leland Green and Brandon Thomas are leaving the UH basketball team. Both players requested — and received — releases from their scholarships, then entered the NCAA portal, a list of available transfer players that is circulated to all NCAA programs. Green played in 57 games, starting 36, in his first two UH seasons. But he underwent shoulder surgery at the end of the 2017-2018 season. This recently completed season, he averaged 8.3 minutes and 2.6 points in 27 […]

Rainbow Warriors basketball: Critical juncture

By Brian McInnis on March 21, 2019

Kick back, relax and take in one of the best sports days of the year today. Heck, do it again tomorrow, and through the rest of March as the madness unfolds. When you do, consider this: It’s already been three years since the Hawaii men’s basketball team enjoyed its finest hour on the national stage, upsetting No. 4 seed California in the NCAA Tournament first round in Spokane, Wash. Roderick Bobbitt, Stefan Jankovic and Aaron Valdes, and a host of […]

Game Night: ‘Bows vs. 49ers

By Stephen Tsai on March 14, 2019

It’s game night with fourth-seeded UH and No. 5 Long Beach State meeting in the opening round of the Big West tournament. The Rainbow Warriors are at ease in Orange County with this being their 10th day on the road. With their final regular-season game against Cal State Fullerton, the ‘Bows did not even have to change hotels. Eran Ganot said it was one of the rare Sundays on the road not spent in an airport or on an airplane. […]

Big West awards hard-earned for Hawaii basketball teams

By Brian McInnis on March 11, 2019

It is a credit to the Hawaii men’s and women’s basketball teams that they have done what they’ve done in their respective 2019 conference seasons without possessing a singularly dominant player. Fourth place in the Big West for the Rainbow Warriors with a 9-7 record (18-12 overall). Second place for the Rainbow Wahine at 10-6 (14-15 overall). Top-half seeding like that going into the Big West tournament usually means that’s good for some significant hardware in the conference postseason awards. […]

Quick Reads: Outtakes from beyond the arc

By Dave Reardon on March 11, 2019

Here are some quotes that didn’t make it into Sunday’s story about the 3-point shot. If you haven’t had a chance yet, also read the excellent pieces by Brian McInnis and Paul Honda. ERAN GANOT, University of Hawaii men’s coach: DR: Any thoughts on why there’s been an explosion overall in 3-point shots taken in pros and college only recent years? EG: Shot distribution, shot selection is so key. It’s added another element. But this has been coming on … […]

Rainbow Warrior basketball: Defending Big West position

By Brian McInnis on March 5, 2019

To defend its present position in the Big West Conference, the Hawaii basketball team will have to find a way to defend, and do it in hostile territory. It’s no secret that defense has been the Rainbow Warriors’ greatest shortcoming over their three-game losing streak. Over that span, UH has given up 83.7 points per game and .514 (92-for-179) field-goal shooting in road losses to UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly, and Cal State Northridge on senior night on Saturday. […]

Rainbow Warrior basketball: Seniors left wanting

By Brian McInnis on March 3, 2019

Jack Purchase came out like a ball of fire. Brocke Stepteau couldn’t miss. And Sheriff Drammeh, hampered by an injury, sucked it up and tried to provide the kind of intangible play he was known for throughout his Hawaii basketball career. And yet, the three Hawaii basketball seniors were unable to will their team to victory on senior night against Cal State Northridge, a young team on the rise as the Rainbow Warriors fall back to the pack. Terrell Gomez […]