Fleming: I’m staying

Isaac Fleming goes against Southern's Joell Hopkins. Bruce Asato / basato@staradvertiser.com
Isaac Fleming goes against Southern’s Joell Hopkins. Bruce Asato / basato@staradvertiser.com

One of the biggest question marks about player movement in the transition from Benjy Taylor to Eran Ganot was freshman guard Isaac Fleming.

Once Ganot was revealed as the new UH coach last Wednesday, Fleming indicated on Twitter he was considering leaving the program. But the 1-on-1 meetings with players Ganot hosted over the last couple days seem to have made a difference.

Fleming tweeted on Monday morning: “After talking with my dad and the new coach today I have decided I will not transfer to a high major and I will stick it out with my brothers!”; “I will finish what I started we going to the big dance next year”; as well as “Ohana”.

Taylor weighed in as well, tweeting: “It’s official. Last piece of the puzzle! Good job Fleming! Good luck Bows!!! Finish this thing off! be bigger than your situation!!! 100”

Fleming, though erratic at times, is undeniably talented and has a very bright future if he can put it all together. Some of the problems he encountered accruing technical fouls during the 2014-15 season faded a bit in the later games; he’d made it a point to try to accept whistles that didn’t go his way.

The sixth man was the team’s most dynamic driver, often flummoxing opponents with his lefty takes to the hoop. The team’s fourth-leading scorer by average (9.5 ppg) shot a respectable 47.1 percent from the field. Some of his best sustained play came in the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic, in which he was named to the all-tournament team. Fleming was slowed by a late-season ankle injury.

This doesn’t necessarily mean that Ganot and UH will be able to keep the entire roster intact going into next season, but it’s a big step toward it.


Negus Webster-Chan was back in Canada recently but has rejoined the team; you can see him here. The Rainbow Warriors began their spring workouts on Monday.


Taylor said he and NBA legend Gary Payton will still be at the team postseason banquet on April 29.


  1. Pocho April 13, 2015 5:55 pm

    Thank you Issac! I see you have a whole lot of potential as being only a Freshmen and reading your comment on what you went through and did to be where your at today.

    Please just work on your emotional expressions on court plays, to channel that energy in another way. Opponenets will use your emotions for their betterment as to getting you to retaliate. It’s the mind game, you are better than that!

  2. Pocho April 13, 2015 6:00 pm

    Mahalo! to you Coach Taylor and wishing you the best in the future.

    Let’s Go Bows! Let’s Go Bows! Let’s Go Bows!

  3. hitman April 13, 2015 6:25 pm

    thank you for staying!! i know you loved that type of play running and gunning!! hope all there stay on like you! plus we know you play with a passion!! that sometime was getting u T !! me i said that growing pains !! keep up the good work !! we will enjoy to see you game grow with all that talent !!

  4. hitman April 13, 2015 6:33 pm

    also coach BJ thanks for the season !! and changing the basketball style at hawaii for the better !! would be nice if the new coach could keep you on his staff some how !! but we that would be to hard and not right 4 you and the boys !! best of luck to you !!

  5. oneseason April 13, 2015 6:34 pm

    Outstanding! That is really good news that the players are buying in.

  6. Frankie April 13, 2015 7:23 pm

    Thank you Issac….you will lead our team and entire state for the next three years…March Madness!!!! Thank you Rainbow Warriors B-ballers…you will make us proud….we are 110% behind all of you!!!

  7. warriorfan April 13, 2015 7:47 pm

    Great news, now Ganot, has to bring in a few big men and a sharp shooter and this team will be complete.

  8. David J. April 13, 2015 8:20 pm

    Mahalo! Coach Taylor for whatever you have done with this pass season with the warriors!. I know that you will be a great head coach somewhere else. I hope that Hawaii don’t play the team that you are coaching. Because, I their will loses big time! Because no one had given you credit for what you have done just three before the season started for the University of Hawaii basketball. They have given you the word Thank you!. To me it was a finger and a embarrassment to everyone up here in the mainland for not giving him another season to show something to the fan. But we will see how the new head coach do!. Good luck next’s year warriors! .

  9. Warrior Dave April 13, 2015 8:23 pm

    The nucleus is strong but pieces are still missing. Coach Ganot needs to mold and bring in additional pieces to continue the success.

    Thank you Issac for feeling the love from the people of Hawaii. We will continue to support you and your fellow Warriors.

  10. cappie the dog April 13, 2015 8:57 pm

    He’s from Delaware, right?

    So easy, it would have been, for him to return east, and play, perhaps, for one of the schools that recruited him, mainly, the ACC’s Virginia Tech. (I think the Big Ten’s Rutgers also offered him a scholarship.)

    Despite the six technicals, I keep returning to a shot captured by OC-16 cameras of Fleming and Jovanovich laughing together on the sidelines. He seems like the sort of player you love if he’s on your team, and hate if he’s not.

    I thought he was a good teammate, and his decision backs up my original impression.

    And yes, we will miss you, Benjy Taylor. Coach Taylor. From all of us peabrains, from the bottom of our peabrain hearts, thank you for getting the team close to the cusp of the NCAAs.

    Mamadou Ndaiye.

    If only we had Tim Shephard.

  11. Warriorfan April 13, 2015 9:05 pm

    Any idea who Coach Ganot is offering?? Signing day is wednesday!!

  12. oldtimer808 April 13, 2015 9:32 pm

    Mahalo Young Fleming for staying committed. You will never regret this move. Many lessons are being taught and each path wisdom, patience and understanding. You will strive in your new enviroment and grow as a man. If you had gone back to the East Coast, you may have fallen back into old habits and attitudes. I give you much credit and wish you well in the coming years here in Hawaii Nei.

  13. oldtimer808 April 13, 2015 9:34 pm

    I wonder when Coach Ganot will announce the hiring of his assistant coaches?

  14. RSYmoney April 14, 2015 6:11 am

    Thank You Isaac. Let’s build on last year’s success! And THANK YOU coach Taylor. You are a class act and have a Hawaiian heart. I hope UH can keep you on as head of basketball operations until your next head coaching job opens up. You know Hawaii, the players, the Administration, and employees. I can’t see anyone more qualified.

  15. Casual Observer April 14, 2015 7:27 am

    Flemings was the most exciting and electrifying player for the Warriors this past season. Especially when driving to the basket, his quick hands and ability to put the ball in the basket is of NBA quality or at least seldom seen at the collegiate level. That style of play is very entertaining because you are watching great talent perform.

  16. seewhy April 14, 2015 8:09 am

    Bows players remind me of Gary Payton with all the smack talking they do on the court. Once again, thank you for all that you have done Benjy!

  17. Richboy April 14, 2015 9:04 am

    Cappie/Dave J, when will u stop with the Benjy got screwed posts. Lord, it is over already so move on. Team supporting new coach but you still hanging on to old news. Turn the page guys

  18. Richboy April 14, 2015 9:06 am

    Signing period starts Wedneday and runs into May. Don’t expect any announcements soon

  19. oneseason April 14, 2015 12:40 pm

    I would have rather seen Coach Taylor signed because I think he would have continued to get exceptional results from this team. However, IMO the next best thing is for the team to stay together so that fans can better assess the wisdom of UH’s decision not to retain Coach Taylor. While life is too short to survive on “I told you so”s, they don’t make a bad dessert every now and again. And if UH made the right choice, a meal of crow would go just fine with a 22+ win season. Coach Ganot will then have done a great job with the great situation that Coach Taylor provided.

  20. bouncingball April 14, 2015 1:44 pm

    Could everyone please get off the Tim Shephard BS (that includes Dave). What mindless arrogance makes you decide who’s good hire for Ganot? Shut your traps and let him do his job, or apply to replace him, idiots.

  21. Richboy April 14, 2015 2:10 pm

    So if Bows Winn 22 games next season they will have to eat crow? What ??!! GET OVER IT! Hired someone else . Happens all the time. Will you still be rehashing Benjy come November? Please give it a rest. U don’t agree with the hire. We get it. Now let it go

  22. bouncingball April 14, 2015 2:45 pm

    #8, don’t think any name school is breaking down Taylor’s door to hire him.

  23. bouncingball April 14, 2015 2:47 pm

    #18, 8-8 in a weak conference is not an exceptional result.

  24. Pocho April 14, 2015 4:03 pm

    What you got to say N204joy?

  25. Sickman Fraud April 14, 2015 7:51 pm

    Someone here has an anger issue with people that have opinions that differ from his. Grow up , embrace maturity as Fleming has.

  26. oneseason April 14, 2015 8:38 pm

    #21 … meaning I would eat crow because I favored keeping Coach Taylor. Sorry for my oblique sentence structure. In simple terms, I support the team and new coach, and want to see lots of wins. But that doesn’t mean I have to forget that I really enjoyed watching the 2013-2014 team.
    #23 … I thought two conference championship wins were pretty impressive. I hope to see that and more next year.

  27. cappie the dog April 14, 2015 9:09 pm


    The Tim Shepherd comment was meant to be a non-combative allusion to how the former Bow was able to handle Brigham Young’s Shawn Bradley.


    Okay. I will get over it.

  28. cappie the dog April 14, 2015 9:15 pm


    Don’t apologize. Getting to the Big West final trumps the mediocre conference record.

    I thought I would never see that again.

  29. Former UH Athlete April 15, 2015 9:42 am

    Well, mark this is Ganot’s 1st victory as UH MBB head coach.

    Hopefully Ganot will continue the aggressive defensive approach Benjy had, but hopefully a better executed half court offense.

    Another thing that would really help UH this coming season is if somebody will establish them self as the #1 scoring option. I thought one weakness on last year’s squad was a lack of go-to scorer when the pressure was on. UH has lots of guys that can put up 20 on any given night, but there was no consistency on who that was on any given night.

  30. BowforLife April 16, 2015 2:00 pm

    Cappie keep the posts coming. I wish I had your memory of UH sports events from the 80s and 90s and enjoy your spin on things!

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