Good get for 'Bows

The Hawaii men’s basketball team may have been quiet for most of the spring signing period, but the Rainbow Warriors made some noise on the final day of the period Wednesday by signing post banger Sammis Reyes of North Broward (Fla.) Prep.

Sammis Reyes
Sammis Reyes

The 6-7, 240-pound Reyes should be of immediate help for a UH team that lost two of three players from its frontcourt rotation in the 2013-14 season. He averaged 17 points, 12 rebounds and four assists per game for Broward.

Bottom line, it was a get UH absolutely needed on the heels of losing out on Jaleel Cousins to South Florida. Big bodies don’t exactly fall into your lap at this time of the year, and Reyes is a load. He also has junior national team experience with Chile.

Reyes’ enthusiasm for joining Gib Arnold’s team comes through in his comments in Thursday’s edition of the newspaper.

Here’s a montage of Reyes highlights from this past season.

He’s got a crowd-pleasing game with a degree of ballhandling ability you wouldn’t expect from a guy of his dimensions. If everything goes well with Reyes in the preseason, you could see him on the court in games sooner rather than later, especially with Stefan Jankovic ineligible until mid-December.

That, right now, should be something for beleaguered UH fans to get excited about.


  1. Pocho May 21, 2014 8:27 pm

    Finally some good news! amidst the ongoing NCAA investigation.

    Welcome to the Warrior Ohana Mr. Sammis Reyes

  2. K-Bay May 22, 2014 12:42 am

    BIG Body and Game with Guard-Like Ball-Handling skills…able to play and guard several positions…

    ALSO may be true of All the Incoming Signees –
    – Good Size, Good Athleticism, Great Skills and Winning “Attitude”;

    Two Strong Guards 6-3, 6-4 Bobbitt & Fleming;
    Two Strong, Skilled Forwards 6-7 Reyes & Negus and a
    Skilled 4/5 in 6-10 Jankovic…
    All Highly Recruited, Several Three-Star Recruits –
    – That Five Alone make a Nice Team…

    BUT Also have Nine Returnees
    with Skills, Athleticism and System Knowledge/Muscle Memory…

    Plenty Cause for Expectations and Optimism…

    NCAA NotWithStanding Versus ?Foolish Fans?
    who can’t Steer Clear of Rules?

  3. Hoosier May 22, 2014 8:06 am

    Looks like good young men coming far from home to learn and play at the best place on the planet. Now please, “fans”, let the coaches do their jobs and let the student athletes alone. This is their time, not ours so be content to watch them grow both on the court and off, Help the program in ways that will not be questioned by NCAA.

  4. Kanealii96706 May 22, 2014 9:01 am

    Let’s get behind our Bows. Best wishes to Coach Gib, staff, current and future Bows.

  5. Kanealii96706 May 22, 2014 9:05 am

    Let’s get behing our Bows. Both Kane and Wahine. Good luck to staff and players. We are totally behind you. Thank you for playing at UH.

  6. innocent observer May 22, 2014 9:22 am

    believe they really wanted cousins more, but he was smarter, he does not want to play for a program that may be on suspension; reyes, likely did not have any other offers so Hawaii was the best.

  7. poorboy May 22, 2014 9:48 am

    innocent observer, or GIB HATER…sammis strong guy with BB skill, will help, if you are physically strong and have game, he will help UH.

    innocent, or guilty observer(!), you WANT UH MBB program down the are in the minority, the GIB HATERS….probably Sammis, and others, know that UH will be playing at lot next season, including post season,..otherwise, he could have ended up at Wichita State, BYU, innocent, get a clue, Sammis really blew up in spring tournaments, showcase, including the one in INDY, he had about 20 offers, ..he could have chosen any of those, he loved visit in Hawaii, the coaches, team and state..
    Love That Gib got a good one.
    So innocent, jump back under your rock…UH MBB on the rise..
    And how do you know UH on suspension? Maybe you NOT SO INNOCENT!
    Get a life!

  8. 808WarriorFan May 22, 2014 6:45 pm

    Not to be a pessimist BUT I honestly wonder how long he’ll last before he transfers…..

  9. Pocho May 22, 2014 7:09 pm

    makes you wonder if people believe only what they want to believe. Unbelievable

  10. Brian McInnis May 22, 2014 10:09 pm

    Angst is high right now. Deep breaths all.

  11. Hoosier May 23, 2014 7:49 am

    Lol. You are right, Brian. you can cut the tension with a knife. Now everyone can sit back, relax and wait for the season to get here. It still boils down to winning conference regular season or tournament . Grace period is pau. Forget the press releases and produce on the court. It should be an interesting season.

  12. BigFan May 24, 2014 3:52 pm

    This team may not gel till next season when the only player they lose is Nevels.

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