Let there be peace

Good news — diplomacy prevailed.

After a meeting between Hawaii coach Gib Arnold and sophomore forward Joston Thomas this afternoon, it was decided that Thomas will return to play with the team starting at practice tomorrow.

Put those fears about Thomas following in the steps of Anthony Salter and Jordan Coleman to rest.

More on this in tomorrow’s edition of the Star-Advertiser. But here’s a sampling from Arnold:

“Yeah, I think we have (hammered out our differences) at this time and with all players it’s a continual progression, and sometimes it’s tough to understand roles, and this team’s always going to be coached with a team-first mentality and guys that understand that are going to be successful in that situation. Guys that don’t, maybe looking for other things, it’s probably not the best situation for them. I think Joston needed some time to think about that and I think the time away was good for him to think things through. And I think he’s going to be fine.”

To be determined is what Thomas’ role will be against Louisiana Tech and New Mexico State this week (Thursday and Saturday, respectively). Thomas has been away from the team for nearly a week, so Arnold could elect to work him back in gradually. We’ll see.


  1. HawaiiMongoose February 21, 2011 7:55 pm

    Good to hear it. Welcome back Joston.

  2. sportsforfun February 22, 2011 12:12 am

    Great to have you back Josten! You have great potential! Learn to harness it and you will be a big piece of the puzzle down the home stretch!

  3. protector February 22, 2011 5:52 am

    Great to hear they’ve patched things up. They’ll need Joston for the stretch run. If he can just keep his turnovers down, he can be a force to be reckoned with.

  4. jjay February 22, 2011 10:12 am

    Good to see Joston made the right decision, play within the team concept and his capabilities and the results will be tremendous for the Warriors!

  5. Manoa Mist February 22, 2011 12:46 pm

    I am Josten’s biggest fan. This kid has more potential than anyone else on our team. The truest cliche in sports:
    “Winners never quit. And quitters never win.”

  6. kendall February 22, 2011 1:31 pm


    Do you know anything about a Cali JC recruit that gave a verbal to Hawaii?

  7. Brian McInnis February 23, 2011 10:04 am

    Working on confirming this.

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