Appealing to a Wise man

It was something of a shocker to be appraised of the situation this evening regarding UH sophomore forward Trevor Wiseman, who is suspended indefinitely from team activities following an embarrassing incident during the UH-San Jose State game on Saturday.

Perhaps not shocking in regard to his role — which had diminished significantly in recent weeks — but in that Wiseman was previously known as the quintessential blue-collar guy, content with whatever job handed to him. No drama.

After hearing some descriptions of the Scottie Pippin-esque incident in the first half of the game (in which Wiseman refused to re-enter, causing a flap on the UH bench) it wouldn’t be surprising if this is it for Trevor.

At the same time, we saw Joston Thomas come back from a similar incident last season, one in which he was dissatisfied with his role on the team. He only missed one game, and after a sit-down session with Gib Arnold, was penitent the rest of the way. And look at him now — he earned his first career WAC Player of the Week on Monday.

Arnold said nothing to the effect that Wiseman is done for good. We may have a bit of a standoff at the moment, and the ball appears to be in Wiseman’s court.

He had some good games early on this season, yes. He’s been at times invaluable with his knack for coming up with a big loose ball or steal, true. If you’re a UH fan, you’d want Wiseman to make this right, and pronto. But no one is bigger than the team, and it sure looked on Monday like the ‘Bows are ready to move on — with or without him.


  1. Chicken Grease February 6, 2012 10:49 pm

    I dunno wha’ happah and . . . well, with these things, the press might not be forthwith regarding reporting “wha’ happah’.” So If you didn’t see wha’ happah, you must needs be concerned and try to know that there are different sides of the story, no matter what. Maybe that the advantage of those who didn’t see wha’ happah’ . . . that we know everyone has their view of things (though, something tells me it’s Wiseman with most of the regret here, right now. I could be wrong).

    Maybe a bit of time is needed to let this roll over in sleeping heads overnight. Hope Wiseman understands what must be 100xs drilled into their heads “you represent the University-don’t-forget-that” and at the same time I hope Gibb does understand that these players still, very much, are kids and they’ll make kid mistakes, you know?

    Let’s pray for an amicable and honest outcome.

  2. Isaac February 7, 2012 12:26 am

    Losing Wiseman would be a serious blow to the team and program. Let’s hope he learns from the experience and comes right back. I know we can definitely use him come Thursday, but something tells me that’s somewhat improbable. I have noticed ever since he lost the starting job, he hasn’t been the same. Hopefully the outcome of this situation is positive.

  3. al February 7, 2012 2:03 am

    well, the gibber has no choice but to put his foot down in this case. it is an absolute must to exercise some kind of severe penance for something so extreme as insubordination.

    for trevor’s sake he needs to meet with gibber and ask for forgiving and hopefully he could be reinstated somewhere down the line.

    if he refuses to do so, well, then the team will just move on. surely they’d miss trevor somewhere down the line, although this past saturday, they played very well without him in the second half.

    …nuff said

  4. krump1_AKA_protector February 7, 2012 6:14 am

    Seems atypical of Trevor; would be interesting to find out what started this. He just doesn’t seem the type to be disgruntled about less playing time.

  5. pocho February 7, 2012 6:55 am

    didn’t something like this occur with Rozitis some games back, not wanting to enter the game when called upon by Coach Gib?

  6. imho889600 February 7, 2012 9:13 am

    Rozitis was nursing an injury at the time. Completely different situation.

  7. rainbowbballer February 7, 2012 9:41 am

    Yep, insuborination is serious stuff! What you have not touched upon, is the wording of the report, that Mr Wiseman, was told to concentrate on being a student. In light of previous academic problems, twice I believe special attention on his school work, is the young man in academic trouble?? A small kind heads up, with the season looking as if UH, may make an impact upon post season play(UH can win, against any WAC team). It would be a sad, sad case if an ineligible player is sudden discovered. It does seem that the Coach, responsible in that area is on top of the situation. Last item, Jackson Wheeler said it all, the play of Josten, will tell the tale, all players are impact players, but the overall Josten, has taken the team to another level. JOSTEN, stay balanced, good job.

  8. Brian McInnis February 7, 2012 10:29 am


    From what I understand, Trevor’s previous academic problems are not at issue here. Acceptance of his role had increasingly been a problem, and it came to a head in the SJSU game.

  9. rainbowbballer February 7, 2012 12:21 pm

    You know the players, you’ve traveled to china with them. But I wanted to touch on another player, and that player is the “Shaq”, does Shaq know how important HE is to this team. He has a rare opportunity in his career, this year is special to him, he has a chance to STUDY, the guys he will be passing and setting up for the rest of the year and NEXT year. He has to study the game films, and concentrate on where the big guys are and WHEN(no hesitations) Miah passes the ball to them and to talk to the guys, find out where they want it.
    He also can make his moves to come off the other guys, med-range jump shot, go for it Shaq, look how long Muggsy Bogues played in the NBA. Studies and basketball a learning opportunity for life.

  10. matt February 7, 2012 1:10 pm

    Anyone know what the status on a couple of the recruits that almost made this year but didn’t due to poor grades? Specifically asking about Dillon Biggs and Ronnie Stevens. Thanks.

  11. Chicken Grease February 7, 2012 5:34 pm

    Wiseman, if you’re reading this, please pray to St. Jude (St. of difficult and desperate cases. Not meant to be funny) . . . And it’s a prayer we can all say (for our own situation[s])

    St. Jude, glorious Apostle, faithful servant, and friend of Jesus
    The name of the traitor has caused you to be forgotten by many
    But, the church honors and invokes you universally
    As the patron of difficult and desperate cases.
    Pray for me, whom am so miserable
    Make use, I implore you, of that particular privilege accorded to you.
    To bring visible and speedy help, where help was almost despaired of.
    Come to my assistance in this great need
    That I may receive the consolation and help of Heaven
    In all my necessities, tribulations and sufferings,
    particularly [mention your request],
    And that I may praise God with you and all the elect throughout eternity.
    I promise you, O blessed St. Jude, to be ever mindful of this great favor,
    And I will honor you as my special and powerful patron,
    And encourage devotion to you.

    St. Jude, pray for us and for all who honor and invoke thy aid.


    And, after, it is good to say three (3) Our Fathers, three (3) Hail Marys, and three (3) Glory Be to the Father, and to the son, and to the Holy Spirit . . .

  12. jkjones February 7, 2012 10:34 pm

    trevor displayed childish behavior on the court. he needs to grow up or move on. coach took the right action and is giving wiseman an indefinite period as an opportunity to self-correct. any adult can see through this whole episode. if he cannot play under Gib–move on to another program–but dont make an a$$ of himself for all to see. he shouldnt be pampered.
    there are many kids his age risking their lives in afghanistan for far greater cause than self.

  13. Chicken Grease February 8, 2012 7:15 am

    February 7th, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    . . . there are many kids his age risking their lives in afghanistan for far greater cause than self.

    To me, this is wholly unfair to task this comparison to Wiseman. You can apply that argument against someone complaining about how the sun rises and how the sun sets. I bet if you anyone having trouble in sports (a few ego-filled exceptions noted), they’d say, “well, DUH, yeah those fighting in war make my situation pale in comparison! But, this is the situation I’m in now and yes, it’s a bit different than avoiding IEDs and bullets whizzing past my head.”

    Our proud men and women serving in the great armed forces of this great nation solve problems and face dangers that are incomparable with the day-to-day of other Americans (they protect us so that we can do what we do daily, successes, failures, happineses, embarrasses, all).

  14. jkjones February 8, 2012 9:57 am

    Unfair to compare, i dont believe so. The late Pat Tillman said as much. Look, you made my point,
    “…those fighting in war make my situation pale in comparison!” Trevor is pouting because he’s not getting his way. There are bigger things in life and basketball is merely a cameo example of the entire picture. Once Wiseman begins to realize how fortunate and blessed he is to have a scholarship and to be able to fulfill his dream, the sooner he will mature. His situation is all about self. And while Wiseman may believe he lives in a parallel universe, he doesnt. The realities of the world are constant reminders of the context in which we reside. What does it say of reality when UH offers free or discounted tickets to those who serve in the military. yup, the real world is right in our backyard and it doesnt take much to recognize.

  15. Chicken Grease February 8, 2012 11:34 am

    But, Tillman wasn’t exactly having trouble in sports, was he? Not so much for him to say, “geez, this NFL thing ain’t working. Money’s terrible. Guess I’ll go fight in the war.” He chose to go because he had a higher calling. If for no other good reason, he pretty much volunteered to go (unless this country has some kind of conscription/draft that a Grease doesn’t know about).

    I really don’t think it’s fair to put Wiseman in a “parallel universe” when, again — if you brought up the subject of people his age protecting this country — you cannot discount that he would NOT immediately say, “well, my problem pales in comparison with the daily plight of the men and women of our armed services.” You know? As this blog goes on maybe he knows he did wrong. And it works both ways: maybe this situation, too, is Gibb’s wake-up call to reassess some things going forward. Wiseman acted childish, from what I understand. Does THAT mean he could not do that because of our men and women fighting overseas to protect us? No.

    We all know those in harm’s way in protecting us is a great, great thing. To immediately assess what Wiseman did, directly or indirectly, as part of some [Draconian] campaign to neglect what are armed services provide us . . . I just cannot see that. It just reminds me of Bill Maher’s [paraphrasing here] say what you will about the 09/11 terrorists, but, they weren’t cowardly. # 1 about that, who gives a XXXX if the terrorist were brave or not; # 2 simply a non-sequitur.

  16. jkjones February 8, 2012 11:47 am

    quoting bill maher in the same paragraph as your conclusion, says it all.

  17. Chicken Grease February 8, 2012 6:20 pm

    February 8th, 2012 at 11:47 am

    quoting bill maher in the same paragraph as your conclusion, says it all.

    Correct. Some comparisons made for a situation are simply inappropriate.

    Anyway. Yeah, well, heard a bit more clearer version of what went down in San Diego. Let’s hope things work out for the team (and I’m including Wiseman).

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