Now visiting

Friday’s UH men’s basketball practice had some international flavor to it.

Two prospective players for the Hawaii men’s basketball team are on official visits to the Manoa campus this weekend.

Orel Lev, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard from Tel Aviv, Israel, and Isaac Fotu, a 6-foot-7 forward from New Zealand, took in the Rainbow Warriors’ practice.

Lev, who’s captained the Israeli Under-18 national team, also has experience with Maccabi Tel Aviv’s U-18 amateur squad. He could potentially join UH over the semester break (and likely redshirt) should he and the team wish.

Fotu, of Rangitoto College (High) School, is believed to be the youngest player to qualify for the New Zealand national team, and also the first of Tongan ancestry. He’s played with the New Zealand Breakers’ development team and was in competing with N.Z. in the Boris Stankovic Cup in Guangzhou, China, the same time as UH’s Vander Joaquim was there with Team Angola this summer.

Fotu is believed to also have scholarship offers from Saint Louis, Utah and Oregon.

UH has three scholarships to offer for 2012-13 — two if Gerry Blakes qualifies for UH by semester break and follows up on his commitment to Manoa.

Washington prep center Caleb Dressler is also verbally committed to sign with UH in the early period starting Nov. 9.


  1. al November 4, 2011 7:49 pm

    i see that the fisher connection is in action as well the gibber and akana european radar.

  2. Kendall November 5, 2011 4:36 am

    From the video I saw, I like Fotu. He has a nice skill set & looks athletic.

  3. Kendall November 5, 2011 4:37 am

    Thanks for the info Brian.

  4. Kendall November 7, 2011 9:27 am


    It’s monday morning and I assume the recruits left Hawaii already. Any word from the coaches on whether when these guys will decide on which school they will sign with? Do they have any other visits?

  5. Brian McInnis November 7, 2011 4:38 pm

    Hey Kendall,

    Yes, the recruits were gone by Sunday. The coaches themselves can’t comment on them. I haven’t heard anything yet through other channels. Will post a new entry when I know more. Fotu might have at least one more visit to take, possibly to St. Louis.

  6. Kendall November 8, 2011 2:28 pm

    Thanks for the response Brian. Bummer, hopefully Caleb follows through on his commitment and at the very least I hope we can land Fotu.

  7. Kendall November 9, 2011 5:51 pm


    Did Caleb sign today?


  8. Brian McInnis November 9, 2011 9:08 pm

    Hey Kendall,

    I believe his information is in. UH set to announce him with Gib quotes tomorrow.

  9. mctruck November 10, 2011 7:35 am

    tanks Brian…now dats the kine info I like to see. mahalos.

  10. Kendall November 10, 2011 8:31 am

    Thanks for the info Brian.

    Is Gerry Blakes at Juco or Prep? There were different reports saying that he was at a Prep in Texas and other reports saying he was at a JC in california (Citrus?)

  11. pocho November 10, 2011 10:12 am

    Kendall as far as Blakes info it’s already been answered. Look on Brian’s Sept. 19th blog “Logical Pick”

    grey shirt @ Citrus

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