Injury ins and outs

Even at this early stage of the preseason, some wear and tear and taken hold on the Hawaii men’s basketball team.

Center Caleb Dressler remained out with back tightness on Friday, and is doubtful to participate in the team’s first practice scrimmage with referees in the Stan Sheriff Center on Saturday afternoon.

Joining Dressler on the sideline Friday — also with a sore back — was point guard Keith Shamburger, meaning increased reps for Quincy Smith, Niko Filipovich and Dyrbe Enos. UH coach Gib Arnold said Shamburger would scrimmage today, however.

Two players of concern prior to practices were forward Isaac Fotu and shooting guard Brandon Jawato. Fotu tore the meniscus in his right knee in summer league play and Jawato’s right ankle is suspect with a lack of cartilage in the joint.

Both players had limited ramp-ups to this point while most of the team had preseason workouts and conditioning.

“It was tough just watching all my teammates who were working out,” Jawato said. “I was just doing rehab every day, just trying to get shots up in the chances I could. I was lifting weights a lot. That’s basically it, swimming a little bit and cardio on the bike.”

But both Fotu and Jawato have been full participants in practice thus far, or close to it. Fotu has worn the green jersey of a primary rotation player while Jawato has worn the black jersey of a secondary rotation guy.

“It’s just bone on bone,” Jawato said of his ankle joint. “But I’ll be fine. I’m just trying to get by. I’m going to play, I’m not going to sit out. I can’t afford to sit out. I’ll go as hard as I can and be there for my team.”

Fotu has given way to center Davis Rozitis in some sets, but it shouldn’t be a concern yet.

“I’m feeling good,” Fotu said. “It’s just a bit sore sometimes after practice, but I make sure I get in the cold dub and ice (it). That’s what everyone’s doing. Coach is making it mandatory to go in the ice, look after our bodies.”

Word is Dressler might see a specialist for his back. More updates to come on that as they’re available.


Some observation of Rainbow Wahine hoops practice has revealed a tight battle at point guard.

While sophomore returnee Marissa Wimbley and freshman Briana Harris have received a large share of the repetitions, don’t overlook junior Morgan Mason. The 5-foot-9 Mason isn’t showy at all — her expressionless, even-keel demeanor calls to mind Tim Duncan — but she had plenty of experience at Mt. San Antonio College and could be Laura Beeman‘s choice to start unless the younger Wimbley or Harris assert themselves in the coming weeks.


  1. fan4m2b October 5, 2013 1:55 pm

    Hi Brian,
    What time is today’s practice? Open to the public?
    At a time for us leeward guys to make it there yet? (quick!)

  2. Brian McInnis October 5, 2013 3:28 pm

    It’s going now in the SSC. Should be open to the public, but it’s wrapping up probably around 4:30.

  3. fan4m2b October 5, 2013 3:42 pm

    2late; missed a good one! thanks jst the same, Brian!
    pls giv time for nxt good open to public schedule, would you?

  4. K-Bay October 6, 2013 9:25 am

    WHY Have All the Sites ‘Blacked Out’ info on the Recruit/Visitor just before Josh Fox?

    Already Decided No NLOI to be Offered?
    Didn’t Mesh with Team ?
    (IF he stayed @ Game, should’ve enjoyed the 34 straight points versus Now #21 Fresno State)
    Parents NIXed / Balked at Walking On?

    WHO was dat masked man?
    And/Or How ‘Bout at least some size, stats or hometown?


    Agree with above, UHMBB could/’should’ announce Date/Times of Open Practices and Scrimmages…
    For the Fans, …(or do we need to start calling (like maybe you need to…)

  5. poorboy October 6, 2013 2:53 pm

    K-Bay: Tend to agree. Brian, and other pro UH MBB and WBB media type, have to drum up support and make public, what is going on with UH BB. Recruits, possible, potential, unless, UH cannot release info to Media. Unless guys are officially committed and LOI ed or enrolled in UH and walking on.

    UH MBB needs all the help it can get in getting fanbase up. Really all sports at UH. Brian, does, great writeup on Soccer, WBB with LB, and some blogs on UH.

    Well, let us know Brian, still a lot of UH MBB fans, want to know times of OPEN to PUBLIC scrimmages like back in the Fab Five, Henderson, Tommy Barker days, as well as recruiting,Mahalo, Brian for the work you have done so far. Helps us Basketball Junkies!

  6. poorboy October 6, 2013 2:57 pm

    K-Bay: Good example is following by SA writer, blogger for UH football and recruits, visits, walkons and scholie offers or preferred invitees.

    Correct, We wonder WHO was the mystery recruit from Sept 26 to 29th? Or did they turn down visit?

    Thanks for any information, I know it is a lot of work..however, fans like to know!


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