General recruiting update

MONDAY UPDATE: Indian Hills Community College guard Roderick Bobbitt has verbally committed to UH.

With Wednesday’s news that Abel Porter is still uncommitted leading up to his two-year LDS mission, let’s talk about a couple guys who could be part of Hawaii’s immediate future.

Jaleel Cousins

I’ve been told that UH just hosted Navarro (Texas) College 6-foot-10 sophomore center Jaleel Cousins for an official visit early this week. Cousins, the younger brother of the Sacramento Kings’ DeMarcus Cousins, averaged 7.1 points and 4.8 rebounds per game on 52.9 percent shooting.  His complete stats for Navarro’s 21-10 team may be found here.

With the departures of Christian Standhardinger and Davis Rozitis, UH is in desperate need of size heading into next season, so any 6-10 bodies still around are a commodity at this point heading into the late signing period.

Centers tend to do without eye-popping numbers in guard-driven JUCO ball, so he shouldn’t be judged too harshly for his modest stats. Cousins blocked about a shot per game, so he’s not elite in that area but you’d have to hope there is room for growth.

I’ll try to firm up where Cousins stands in his recruitment.

Roderick Bobbitt
Roderick Bobbitt

UH is still set to host Indian Hills (Iowa) Community College guard Roderick Bobbitt this weekend.

The 6-foot-3 Bobbitt was an all-around performer at IHCC, ala Brandon Spearman a few years ago before he made the move to Manoa. Bobbitt averaged 15.9 points, 5.5 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game for an elite (34-3) team and shot a respectable 47.2 percent. His complete stats are here.

There are obstacles in place for UH to get Bobbitt. IHCC coach Barrett Peery, Gib Arnold’s cousin, is reportedly off to take an assistant coaching position at Arizona State, meaning Bobbitt might go along with him. And other offers Bobbitt reportedly has include power conference teams Oklahoma and Missouri.


Ex-UC Riverside forward Joshua Fox is reportedly off to UC Davis, wiping one name off UH’s board — though it was looking doubtful after Fox’s visit in the fall did not result in any form of commitment. Those will be some interesting battles in the Big West between Hawaii-Davis and Davis-Riverside in the coming season.


The signing period is upcoming swiftly at April 16, so stay tuned for updates.


  1. hon2255 April 10, 2014 9:27 am

    Hopefully some good news soon , nothing but Ncaa problems of late. This is a crucial recruiting time for our program, we need a shot blocker ,rebouder who can score inside the paint. As well as adding a guard that is a consistent shooter , can shoot off the dribble and screens.

  2. poorboy April 10, 2014 2:36 pm


    How will the NCAA investigation play out. Good that UH MBB team and coaches are still recruiting. So Vital.
    Hope NCAA finalizes findings in short time. Like Before the start of summer!
    Thanks in advance, Brian!

  3. al April 14, 2014 10:19 am

    no news…did we whiff?

  4. jeff portnoy April 14, 2014 4:30 pm

    According to several sites, Bobbitt committed today. he is a 2 star with a grade of 88 according to one site

  5. Kantor April 14, 2014 9:56 pm

    Looks like we lost Sham

  6. poorboy April 14, 2014 11:39 pm

    Really?, Keith will not return for senior year of eligibility? That would open up at least 2 more scholarships, if the 3rd one is given to a preferred walkon.
    too bad. Keith had some great games for UH at PG, when he was on, team was doing really well!
    What is your take on latest about Keith Shamburger Brian, is he going to graduate this May and leave UH with one year of college BB eligibility left and transfer? or go pro?
    Too bad…really liked Keith..

  7. poorboy April 14, 2014 11:50 pm

    Brian Mcinnis:

    maybe you can CONFIRM, read it too, on social blogs, that Keith graduating and will be out of here. At least , it might open up a scholarship. Keith had leadership skills, kind of two headed, either Standhardinger or Keith, and Spearman to steady team, wish Keith the best after he graduates.
    So Brian does that leave Gib with 3 more scholarships to offer, with one possibly going to preferred walkon, I guess pretty soon we will know for sure, when Bobbitt and another one or two guys sign LOI this spring.

  8. K-Bay April 15, 2014 1:48 am

    Previous Court Sense noted K-Sham excited ’bout Potential ‘Big-Name’ Teams on the UHMBB Schedule —

    He’s a Team LEADER, Ready to Enjoy and Play His Heart Out in a Super Senior Season..

    NONE of The Recruits is a “Threat” to Keith…Just More Help…

    Stick Around for Your MONEY Year Keith!

  9. HawaiiMongoose April 15, 2014 1:57 pm

    If Keith is on track to graduate in May, I can understand why he’d consider moving on. Still, it would be great to watch him play his senior season in a Warrior uniform. We had an effective four-guard rotation this year with Keith, Quincy, Garrett and Brandon; every one of those guys played a key role. I’d expect it to be even better next year with Keith, Quincy, Garrett and Rod. That would give Isaac Fleming the opportunity to redshirt while he adjusts to college play.

  10. Kantor April 15, 2014 2:13 pm

    I may have been to haste. I read what he replied to on twitter but those messages have been deleted. So it remains to be seen in May.

  11. K-Bay April 15, 2014 5:01 pm

    Here’s Hopin’…

    Q, Roderick, Negus, Fleming & Filipovich

    Ball ‘should’ be in Good Hands

    But Better with Shamburger
    (? Just Cool down; Keep Improvin’ Your Game
    and Enjoy the Team Winnin’ More With You On the Court?)

    Great on the Graduation;
    Why Leave The Good Thing You Wanted and Worked so hard for, invested Two Years
    You Wanted a Better Team Around You…
    This Is It….

  12. K-Bay April 15, 2014 5:05 pm

    Maybe Done Deal…

  13. poorboy April 15, 2014 11:11 pm

    Shamburger still has to finish summer school to get degree. Will be weird seeing him in Manoa, to get degree, otherwise, transfer to mainland school and finish there, try to get release, and finish basketball career elsewhere, ..somehow, Brian Mcinnis, there is more to the story than meets the eye,

    Every Spring for past 4 years, something happens, well as long as Shamburger graduates, the main thing, he does not flunk out, on course to grad!

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