Hawaii coach Gib Arnold indicated earlier this preseason that he would make any determinations about this season’s redshirt players after the Brigham Young-Hawaii exhibition.
Well, that time has arrived.
The most logical candidate is true freshman Niko Filipovich, who spoke of a willingness to redshirt in the summer.
But UH’s recent injuries to guards Quincy Smith (back) and Brandon Spearman (ankle) have affected UH’s depth, meaning Filipovich will not be wearing street clothes, at least for the Outrigger Hotels and Resorts Rainbow Classic.
“I had a good talk with him,” UH coach Gib Arnold said of Filipovich. “If I’m not feeling comfortable about (our depth), then he will play this year. I do think that Dyrbe (Enos) has come a long way, and I’m going to give him some looks at the point. I think he’s done a good job, but I think he’s a little more natural at the 2 guard than the point guard. Niki’s more of a pure point. So I’m going to suit Niki this tournament, and if I feel it’s necessary we’ll play him. And then maybe we’ll evaluate that redshirt year next year, because I got all those guys still coming back.”
Missouri transfer Negus Webster-Chan is an automatic redshirt per NCAA rules. He and injured players Caleb Dressler, and possibly Smith and Spearman should be the only ones not dressed this weekend.