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.
“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.