The biggest question mark remaining on the current Hawaii basketball roster finally offered up an answer on Thursday.
With a simple “I’m coming back!” message, Davis Rozitis confirmed he’d be around for his senior season in 2013-14, turning the tide (at least for the moment) of early player departures that have plagued the Rainbow Warriors under Gib Arnold.
The 7-foot Latvian Rozitis, a popular teammate, will be the only player to play all four years under Arnold since the coach took over in 2010. Rozitis actually played the previous year at USC with Arnold on that staff, as well.
Rozitis has never been a first option in the middle, but that could change going into next season with no other game-tested DI centers on the roster at the moment. Redshirt freshman Caleb Dressler and the incoming freshman Stefan Jovanovic are the other centers on the roster. Isaac Fotu might be tried out there but it’s not his natural position and he might have problems against some of the bigger bodies in the Big West should that happen.
Ferd Lewis touched upon the team’s APR issues on Wednesday. I’m also hearing that it’s going to be a close deal for both lost scholarships and a possible postseason ban. Stay tuned on this one. It could come down to one or two players’ academic progress this spring semester before they depart the program, so it could be dicey.
City College of San Francisco point guard Quincy Smith‘s paperwork isn’t finalized, thus no official statement from Arnold and Co., but it’s not a cause for alarm yet. Sometimes it takes a while to process.