Batter up

With Corey Allen and Garrett Nevels come and gone from the islands with those two still undecided on their commitments, Hawaii is set to bring up the next recruit to the plate.

City College of San Francisco 6-foot freshman point guard Quincy Smith will take an official visit to UH this weekend, CCSF coach Justin Labach said on Monday.

Smith averaged 9.1 points, 3.6 assists and 1.7 turnovers on 46 percent shooting from the field, 74.2 percent from the free-throw line and 28.6 percent from the 3-point line. He swiped 2.3 steals per game.

Quincy Smith

He was a key cog for a Rams team that went 31-0 before losing in the CCCAA playoffs.

“He’s a great kid. Real tough. Probably the toughest guy we had on our team this year,” Labach said. “Started every game for us. Came out of a prep school, but he’s a local area kid from Deer Valley High School. His brother signed with UNLV this year, Kendall Smith. He’s a point guard. He’s really strong with the ball. He’s got a very high basketball IQ. Super athletic, and a great defender.”

Smith’s prep school was La Jolla Prep, the same academy UH freshman Aaron Valdes attended. Here’s a highlight video of his time there.

Labach said Smith also plans to visit North Texas and possibly Long Island.

CCSF has other players committed to Pacific, Marshall and Utah.


Meanwhile, the UH coaching staff was in Atlanta for the Final Four. We could hear very soon on any possible early player departures, as have defined the team’s past two offseasons.

Freshmen are prime candidates for such movement, and UH had several of them. Also, junior center Davis Rozitis is set to graduate early and might elect to return to Europe once he’s achieved his degree, so he has a decision to make.


  1. poorboy April 8, 2013 5:17 pm

    Thanks Brian: On lead about Quincy Smith.

    A numbers game, if Gib looking to fill possibly two spots for next season, one or two players would move on. The athletes are so cool about it. Poker faced. They don’t give even a hint of what they are going to do.

    By this time , in the past 2 years, we knew pretty much who was leaving. Should be interesting. Possiblity of Davis graduation and moving on, he would be Gib’s first graduating Basketball player that he brought to Hawaii. Manroop, Ozren, potential, other candidates? Jawato, already used up RS year, so he is not going anywhere. Valdes, Dressler? We shall see.

    Hope, it isn’t 3 or 4 guys that leave, that would not be good. However, Davis Rozitis and one freshman going back home to play pro ball in europe, possiblity, Who knows, we wait and see!

    Hope Quincy, or maybe there is a hidden PG gem out there, will sign with Hawaii, and help team win, and go to NCAA or NIT.

  2. poorboy April 8, 2013 7:07 pm

    Thank you Brian:

    read you latest tweet. Qunicy would be good pick up. 4 years to play 3. He would come in to play as a sophomore. Video hilites, he is pretty athletic. We shall see. Any help in the backcourt, athletic guys, that can run team , defend and score, will help UH’s dynamic forward tandem of Christian and Isaac.

  3. mkn April 8, 2013 7:22 pm

    @poorboy: If they can get Quincy, they will have two guards that can play the point and shoot the ball. If they don’t get the two guys, he would be a great fit. Heck, he might be a great fit if we got lucky and picked up all three. 🙂

  4. K-Bay April 8, 2013 9:34 pm

    Mahalo, Brian

    Agree; ALL Three look like solid pick-ups;
    Four to play three is a good start;
    Quincy would come in with More Skills than where Gee started;
    i’m Pretty Sure GIB Will get at least one of the three
    IF He can work the math, i wouldn’t be surprised if he got All Three
    Probably First Two to commit …

    I’m hoping there’s enough money in some of our Foreign Families to work out Loans, Scholarship agreements … they can’t really play college ball (degree for play) in most other countries and they Now KNOW that they can Do the School Work and Play Ball HERE…SUCCESS IS ASSURED, Not a Risk as it may have seemed before they came…

    While Ozi probably can Play for Pay, His Much Bigger Life and Long-Term Goals would be realized with a degree so he can have Both Basketball Pro Career AND a Life After …

    THEY MAY Be Able to Earn the Scholarship Back by Starting/Significant PT …

  5. Shoko April 9, 2013 5:09 am

    Found this on the internet. Since everything on the internet is true, I thought I’d share this.

    Wendell Owens, a backup point guard on the UH basketball team that played in the 1994 NCAA Tournament, was the last player to be recruited from CCSF.

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