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.