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.