Fotu lands in Spain

Isaac Fotu has a new home.

A handful of international basketball outlets reported Tuesday that the ex-Hawaii star has latched on with CAI Zaragoza in Spain’s top league. It’s said to be a three-year deal.

Zaragoza is 3-3 in its young season. It plays in the same league as top-tier clubs such as Real Madrid and FC Barcelona.

His hometown New Zealand Breakers were said to be a strong suitor, but Spain makes a certain amount of sense as well. Fotu spent some time in Spain in September for New Zealand with the FIBA World Cup. He had a pretty good run, and was at times the Tall Blacks’ most productive player, even off the bench.

After leaving UH a little more than a week ago after being deemed ineligible, Fotu spent some time in California with DeMarcus Cousins, who is represented by Jarinn Akana.

Meanwhile, the NCAA is still said to be at least a week out from delivering its letter of allegations to UH.


  1. tsboy November 11, 2014 4:37 pm

    Brian, is still don’t get it. maybe somebody already explained it, but why would you fire a coach without cause, have to pay him $344,000, when you could wait for the NCAA charges, and if Gib did have a serious violation of the rules, then you could fire him with cause and not have to pay him? it makes no sense. the bottom line must be that the UH administration wanted to get rid of coach Arnold and this was a way to do it by blaming Gib. help me out Brian.

  2. Kanole November 11, 2014 8:00 pm

    I went to the exhibition game last Thursday. Had to pay $18 for upper level seats. It was very irritating watching players slip and slide on the court and the referees wiping the floor. There was one very hard working young fellow on one one side of the court wiping the floor by himself. Kudos to him. What the hell is wrong with the athletic department where they can’t have more “floor wipers” assigned to the game. It was very dangerous for the players. Sheesh… I could see if it was an informal scrimmage. Sad.

  3. poorboy November 11, 2014 10:58 pm

    tsboy: It is very interesting what the ncaa allegation/s will be. Some leaking from BOR chair, and media person about it, and still alleged, Guilty until proven innocent. Gib says clear his name. And his attorney/agent awaiting ncaa letter to get to work on that. Fotu, same thing, when letter comes out, he retained counsel to clear his name. Would have you believe, it is not, something so horrible, otherwise, the UH MBB team and staff would all walk away.

    Just Wish Hawaii from Governor on down to UH system and Athletics, gets it straight.. Now we await, and I am really anxious to see exactly what are the allegations… and true, very, very not Akamai, to dismiss Arnold , Akana , and the suspension of Fotu, if UH jumped the gun too soon.. That , is seems, according to some , with regard to ncaa protocol, UH could have waited, IF CAUSE.. then terminate, and you are right would have saved UH a lot of money..
    I would have to agree with you, that there was an agenda.. a segment of UH. or Politicians, or BOR people, of power that be.. just wanted a loophole to rid UH MBB of Gib. … and JUST WHEN he was about to have potentially finally an NCAA team, which is still possible, I believe in the guys..

  4. man eating apple November 12, 2014 6:55 am

    So to recap
    1) You guys want to fire the AD because you have determined he wants his athletic programs to fail
    2) You guys want to keep the BB coach who has not won a single Big West tourney game, has his assistant coach suspended for 30 days then says his staff has never had a violation

    Because you want to try to salvage a 5th place season in a scrub tier conference.

    Am I getting all of your concerns right?

  5. hon2255 November 12, 2014 8:24 am

    Man Eater got it correct, there are obviously serious matters the Ncaa had with Coach Gib and what was going on in the program, it was also explained in the star advertiser as to why the administration needed to do some pre emptive action, as they had obviously some information from the Ncaa as to what was coming , in so doing , the UH administration did the correct thing in letting Arnold take a hike. Firing with cause would just involve more lengthly litigation and costs. Uh will now proceed in hiring someone with integrity, grit, and the smarts to coach the team past the first round of a Big little West conference. And if you are the highest paid coach in the conference you better be ranked at the top and compete for a title shot every year, not mediocre and play a patsy schedule for 20 wins and a crappy rpi. You also need to coach up the team so at the end of season it is peaking , not falling . Cal Poly and UC Santa Barbara coached teams some how manage to get there teams to peak at the end of season.

  6. Warrior Dave November 12, 2014 8:50 am

    Be careful of what you wish for… if you think that some like Coach K is coming to UH, time to take your meds. Gib was green being a head coach but was going to grow into it. His strength is in recruiting. Maybe not McDonald All Americans but better talent than Nash.

  7. man eating apple November 12, 2014 12:24 pm

    “Thanks”, Warrior Dave. I’ll be careful of wishing for a coach who does not lie right to your face. I’ll be careful of wishing for a coach who has no greater goal than to play High Point and lose the first round of the Big West tourney. I’ll be careful.

    And enough of “hiring” old-timers (or should I say, giving them one last payday). McMackin, Chow, Nash — none of those guys got a job after coaching at UH.

  8. RobT November 12, 2014 1:03 pm

    Someone on warrior insider sit said that Michael Thomas was in a moped accident, and I was wondering if there was any merit to that post. Thanks RobT

  9. Brian McInnis November 12, 2014 2:00 pm

    Heard the same. Spoke to Coach Taylor a moment ago and he said Thomas had some scrapes but “He’s good to go,” and would be at practice today.

  10. RobT November 12, 2014 2:16 pm

    Thanks Brian

  11. kahuna November 12, 2014 3:22 pm

    Yeah…read that post about Mike getting involved in an accident too. The guy made it sound like it was a pretty bad accident. Glad it was minor and Mike will be ready to rock.

    With the lost of Fotu and Janks not being ready until the second semester, Mike will be count on the provide scoring on the inside since Jovonovich have yet to prove he is any kind of scorer.

    Go Warriors!

  12. HoopDHoop November 12, 2014 6:55 pm

    Kahuna, I was the one stated about the injuries mike sustained. first hand account of what happened and what was seen was relayed “Sustained injuries to both hands, wrists, legs and shoulders. Declined 911 but very visibly shaken up. obviously if he declined medical assistance it is his feeling and his choice that he can go without being evaluated and also when you see him in person or on tv maybe you can make your assumptions then about what your definition is about a pretty bad accident, if it was then obviously an ambulance would be called and he transported to a hospital and it being on the news right? also if you ever was in a moped accident and had his injuries you would know how he felt or not. so don’t try and give some sly remark about what I posted brah cause like I been saying everyone entitled to their own opinions but know the truth first before responding to something you know absolutely nothing about. people tend to rely on BM for their news but so far I have been correct with my sources and in the things I post before BM or anyone else knows. have a good night!!!

  13. Brian McInnis November 13, 2014 12:17 pm

    Challenge accepted. Looks like I’ll have to start hanging out at 7-11s near UH late at night waiting for players to fall off of mopeds.

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