A confluence of circumstances left the Hawaii basketball team more shorthanded than usual on Wednesday.
In addition to existing injuries to center Caleb Dressler and point guard Niko Filipovich, UH was without lead guard Keith Shamburger, shooting guard Jack Hackman and wing Negus Webster-Chan. A team manager was also out of commission.
Shamburger and Hackman (and the manager) were out with illnesses. Webster-Chan took a shot to the eye earlier this week. Dressler still seems a long ways off from a return. Filipovich, at least, seems close to resuming practices.
UH coach Gib Arnold was left shaking his head after a practice that was, umm, running-intensive for the healthy players. Some of his pet peeves, passes from midair and bounce passes to big men, made untimely returns.
The Big West men’s hoops preseason poll and all-conference team comes out on Thursday. I’ll have another blog post with the complete poll results and how I voted for both the UH men’s and women’s teams.