It’s settled — No Garrett Nevels tonight against Cal Poly.
UH elected to go with caution for its Big West Conference opener. Freshman Isaac Fleming will get the start at shooting guard. Not surprising, but it’s a tribute to Nevels’ toughness that this was even in question right up until tipoff. He’s only a week removed from surgery by his right thumb and just got his protective cast off on Tuesday.
That affects UH’s rotation down the line, as Brandon Jawato or Niko Filipovich now might get a look. Look for the “twin towers” alignment of Stefan Jovanovic and Stefan Jankovic to play a role, as well.
Cal Poly flummoxes teams with a 1-3-1 defense, a look that UH hasn’t really seen yet this year. If the Rainbow Warriors can’t solve it early, expect the Mustangs to sit in it for long stretches.
In case you missed it, Dave Reardon reported in today’s column (subscriber content) that Benjy Taylor was offered a one-year extension as UH coach, and turned it down.
The offer was said to be for about $190,000 for next season.
An interesting development. Taylor has generated a lot of fan support. Can he generate a stronger offer from UH administration by collecting more wins? It remains to be seen.