Next men up
The Rainbow Warriors must prepare for some adverse conditions on the road this week.
Besides the lingering turf toe injury to leading scorer Aaron Valdes, point guard Roderick Bobbitt is very questionable to play in the games this week, I reported today. (Subscriber content)
UPDATE: Sources say Bobbitt has been cleared and will fly out to rejoin the team either tonight or tomorrow morning. He should be available for Thursday’s game against UC Riverside. Whether he starts is another matter, as he’s basically missed the last two days of practices.
If Bobbitt takes care of some business on his end, he can theoretically rejoin UH (13-2, 2-0 Big West) on the road this week. However, making it up there in time for Thursday’s contest against UC Riverside (9-9, 0-2) is sounding like a dubious proposition.
It’s also sounding doubtful that Valdes will play in that one, meaning UH could be down two starters (and two of their top three scorers) for the first time this season.
In that scenario, team depth will be sorely tested. No word yet on what the starting lineup could be, but one that comes to mind is Quincy Smith-Isaac Fleming-Sheriff Drammeh-Mike Thomas-Stefan Jankovic.
That leaves Sai Tummala, Stefan Jovanovic and Niko Filipovich as the primary backups.
You’d expect Fleming and Jankovic to shoulder much of the scoring load, but everyone will have to step up in some form.
If UH remains at the top of the Big West standings after this week’s games at UCR and Cal State Fullerton, it might be the most impressive feat the Rainbows have put together in a season already full of notables.
Now’s the time for the reserves to show what they’ve got and what they’ve worked for …GO ‘BOWS !!!!!
Time to see the Hawaii 5-O crew in action!
Should start flipovich, fleming, drammeh. Tummala and smith come off bench.
#4 I don’t think so. What games are you looking at.
#5 whats up with name calling everyone is allowed 2 express opinion. Dont act like u da only opinion that counts.
I wonder if Coach discretion, a type of discipline since ganot says he is toe the line, clean as a whistle, Bobby Knight/ Riley Wallace/ Randy Bennett student..as you say Brian, If Rod missed 2 practices, AND because of not keeping on track, falling behind, academics, when the other guys all on board.. If all is fair, Ganot sits Rod down, not start him,,even not play him for Riverside game? I think it is rack up the 25 win season, reason,..bonus what? 1000 M and M’s?
Rod should be on track to graduate within 5 years, I guess.. hope so..Scholarships full ride are expensive!
Isn’t this the second academic related incident for Bobbitt this season? I could have sworn there was some “issue” that he was dealing with earlier in the season that many speculated was academic.
It doesn’t matter how good you are on the court. If you aren’t going to follow through in the classroom, it means nothing to your team, your school, or your fans. I hope he can fix it. This team definitely needs it. There is a significant drop off in terms of performance when the regular rotation players aren’t in the game on this team.
Ganot keeping young men on track. Missed practice due to taking care of school work. Poorboy makes it sound like he just blew off practice. Funny how Poorboy loved Bobbit a year ago and now not so much. Even funnier that Poorboy had nothing to say about s former coach’s bonuses for winning 20 games but now wonders about Ganot bonuses. This from the same guy who was saying Ganot and team lucky to win 17 games this year. Must be frustrating to see coach and team doing well when u wanted things to fall apart after ur Benjy didn’t get the job. Cry on, Poorboy. Rest of us will cheer on ALL of the Bows and hope for continued success