Signing period begins

New Hawaii coach Eran Ganot can begin signing players for the 2015-16 season starting today with the opening of the spring (late) signing period.

As of yet, there are no known players planning to put their names down with the Rainbow Warriors. The one oral commitment UH is known to have received, Austin Pope, decommitted once it became clear Benjy Taylor wasn’t getting the long-term job.

UH has at least four scholarships to award for the 2015-16 season: those belonging to Garrett Nevels, Brandon Jawato, Isaac Fotu and Sammis Reyes.

That number can go up, depending on if there are any early player departures, or down, depending on UH’s NCAA sanctions or if the Rainbows run into APR trouble.

Ganot has been deliberate with his decisions thus far, be it in regard to choosing his staff, or how much he’s been willing to say about his recruiting and on-court philosophies. He’s very cognizant of wanting to get things right.

It’s going to be an uphill battle for him to recruit at this stage of the year, but Ganot has some connections and should be aided in that regard once he announces his staff.


Here’s what Ganot said Monday night about Isaac Fleming‘s Twitter announcement that he would remain with the team.

“As I’ve said earlier, I was looking forward to the opportunity to get in front of the players and speak with them, and I’ve enjoyed it, getting to know them. We’re going to continue to get to know them.

“There are going to be more of those (1-on-1) discussions. And now they’re constant because you’re getting to know each other.”

As far as the start of team workouts, Ganot said, “I just want to get them going on a schedule … and get them together.”


  1. bouncingball April 15, 2015 5:14 pm

    Ganot is going to do fine, an upgrade in my opinion to the previous coach.

  2. Pocho April 15, 2015 6:00 pm

    lol, in that last line of Ganot’s, is it legal within the NCAA rules?

  3. RobT April 16, 2015 1:59 pm

    I believe that Hawaii is a bigger school and better program than St. Mary’s so Ganot should already have some idea of who is out there and who is avail. If he does not the AD was out of his mind in picking Ganot as coach! No more excuses

  4. Pocho April 16, 2015 6:26 pm

    Read on your twitter Negus writes he’s focused on himself. I take that as a good thing, he ain’t worried about the coaching change and is focused on only himself. Meaning getting better at bb.

    Great job Negus!

  5. cappie the dog April 18, 2015 2:27 pm

    So it’s GA-NOT, the “t” isn’t silent.

    It’s a French name, so what the North American Ganots did was Americanize their surname.

    Conan O’Brien’s announcer on “Late Night w/…” was named Joel Godard, pronounced GOD-DARD.

    But in French, it’s GO-DAR: the “d” is silent.

    I had already known this.

    In a film class, not wanting to sound pretentious, I made reference to filmmaker Jean Luc-Godard, using the Americanized pronounciation, because I didn’t want to sound pretentious. But some jerk called me on it and embarassed me in front of my classmates.

    The best example of this assimilation tactic, I think, is how Stephen Colbert, loses the “t” in his last name. At this year’s Emmys, it was pretty hysterical how Gwen Stefani mispronounced it COL-BERT. Jimmy Fallon then proceeded to rush the stage and claim Colbert’s award after Stefani’s appalling lack of pop culture awareness. Colbert is not obscure.

    Bringing it back home, imagine approaching former UH receiver Justin Colbert and asking, “May I have your autograph, Mr. COL-BEAR?”

    The look he would probably give you.

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