Rakocevic contemplates options

The recent guest of the Hawaii men’s basketball team is in no rush to commit his name to paper.

Gligorije Rakocevic, the 6-foot-10 center from Montenegro (and now Cantwell-Sacred Heart of Mary High School in California) said he enjoyed his visit in the islands over the weekend. He was able to watch a practice session on Saturday morning, then take in the Green & White scrimmage festivities on Saturday night.

Gligorije Rakocevic at Cantwell-Sacred Heart (photo by Indivisible Hoops)
Gligorije Rakocevic at Cantwell-Sacred Heart (photo by Indivisible Hoops)

“I had a really good weekend man. I really like everything about Hawaii,” Rakocevic said in a message.

Rakocevic indicated he doesn’t plan to make a commitment until the late signing period in the spring. He named the other schools he’s considering as Washington State, Oregon State, New Mexico and Utah.

That’s some significant competition, but UH seems to have one advantage. Rakocevic said he was already familiar with Isaac Fotu and UH’s Serbians. Those would be sophomore Stefan Jovanovic, the Serbian-Canadian Stefan Jankovic and the Serbian-American Niko Filipovich.

UH’s fortunes this season could have a large part to factor into whether the Rainbow Warriors still have a chance at him come late March.


In the meantime Monday, the Rainbow Warriors engaged in an unsupervised workout, which is apparently the plan over the next few days before the next full practice on Friday.

Wounded Warriors Fotu, Jankovic, Sammis Reyes and Brandon Jawato continue to recover and should be ready later this week.

I’ve been asked by a few people if everything is OK with Negus Webster-Chan, seeing that I hadn’t mentioned him much lately. NWC is fine, he was in pass-first mode during the G&W scrimmage, notching three assists. It was mostly a quiet night for him. The Missouri transfer is still in good position to compete for a starting job.


  1. Turfwar October 7, 2014 11:01 am

    Thanks for the follow up report B.

  2. golriv4cs October 8, 2014 7:54 am

    He is not impressed on Hawaii; We said the feeling is mutual about him!
    If the TEAM execute what they are capable of this season.. ‘Scholie’ will be awarded to 2.5+* athlete exclusively!

  3. Turfwar October 8, 2014 2:34 pm

    Thanks Golriv. Kinda got that feeling Saturday nite watching how the other players didn’t really interact with him. We’ll see. On another note someone gotta put up the video of the three point shooting contest. The 6’11” Mizzu transfer and Fotu absolutely lite it up from three land. Probably the most impressive display of the night. The two bigs just drained shot after shot. Gib’s gotta give them the green light this year.

  4. islandman October 8, 2014 2:49 pm

    Someone on another forum said Calhoun not listed on the Wahine roster anymore.

  5. kimo browner October 9, 2014 11:05 pm

    Not impressed w big recruit. plays lazy on O and no D game. Based on film.
    The talent is so close and varied, I cant name top 8, let alone top 5. my guess is coach will go with situation. I can see a speed team and a zone team. We have players who like to dial long distance, but until the season starts and we can see who separates from the others–who knows…

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