Gonzaga transfer Bryan Alberts, a 6-foot-5 guard, is the latest player to be courted in person at the Manoa campus by Hawaii basketball this spring signing period.
Word is he arrived today.
Alberts is a tantalizing prospect, given he has size, played on a great team (the Bulldogs, in case you forgot, were the national runners-up) and is the rare graduate transfer to have two years of immediate eligibility.
Sounds like he has a planned visit to Long Beach State this weekend. Weber State of the Big Sky is also said to be in play.
Gonzaga announced itself that Alberts left its program in search of other Division I opportunities.
He started 10 games as a freshman in 2015-16 and played 11.5 minutes per game. He shot efficiently, with 40.4 percent shooting from 3.
His role reduced considerably on this past season’s 37-2 team, when All-American Nigel Williams-Goss dominated on-ball responsibilities. Alberts averaged just 5.9 minutes in 24 games and his shooting fell to 20.7 percent from deep (in limited attempts). However, his playmaking was on display — 24 assists against just four turnovers.
Alberts appeared briefly in two of the Zags’ NCAA Tournament games, wins over South Dakota State and Xavier.
Long Beach Poly forward/center Myles Johnson told the Star-Advertiser on Monday that he plans to decide between Hawaii and Rutgers this weekend.
He visited the Manoa campus last weekend.
“It went well really liked the people there and the campus,” Johnson said in a message.
He should be visiting the Scarlet Knights’ New Jersey campus right now.
Creighton transfer Kobe Paras, another player mentioned as receiving a Hawaii offer, is off the board to Cal State Northridge.
Update: UH didn’t extend Paras an offer, per a team source.
Paras, of the Philippines, has a massive Twitter following. He played some high school ball in Los Angeles and has some affinity for the place, which apparently helped seal the deal for the Matadors.
I am happy to say that I have verbally committed to play at Cal State University Northridge.
Can't wait to be back on the court playing! pic.twitter.com/VcQv4KJPRE
— Kobe | KoKo Wave (@_kokoparas) May 9, 2017
Ferd Lewis wrote about future improvements to Gym 1 and Gym 2 in today’s print edition.
Although there was some earlier talk on work starting this year, the latest schedule has it slated for 2018.
Look for an APR story from Ferd in Thursday’s print. He gave a preview on Twitter.
Academic Progress Rate for UH hoops is 7 points above minimum & does NOT face post-season sanctions. Seventeen 17 schools do. #HawaiiMBB
— Ferd Lewis (@FerdLewis) May 10, 2017