Smith to get MRI

It’s nothing to get too alarmed about — yet — but Hawaii backup point guard Quincy Smith will get an MRI on his back on Tuesday, UH coach Gib Arnold told the Star-Advertiser’s Jason Kaneshiro after practice on Monday.

Quincy Smith
Quincy Smith

Smith has experienced lower back discomfort since the preseason, though he hasn’t missed a game yet. He took part in most of Monday’s practice, and rested near the end along with forward Isaac Fotu.

“Quincy’s going to get an MRI tomorrow, his back’s still bothering him, just to make sure we’re not missing anything,” Arnold said. “But everybody’s cleared to practice, everybody’s cleared to play.
“Just nagging, just still kind of bothers him. He’s practicing, it hurts him and he’s sore, so it’s precautionary just to see if we missed anything and make sure he’s going to be OK.”

Smith’s averaged nine points on 50 percent shooting in 15.8 minutes per game off the bench. He’s second on the team in assists behind starter Keith Shamburger.

UH takes on New Orleans (1-2) at the Stan Sheriff Center on Wednesday.


Meanwhile, over here on Maui, it was a great first round of action on Monday. Dayton upset No. 11 Gonzaga in the nightcap, 84-79, and Chaminade guard Christophe Varidel supplied fireworks (even in a 93-77 loss) against No. 18 Baylor with 42 points and 10 3-pointers, which tied a Maui Invitational record. Check out Tuesday’s paper for more on him.

Syracuse and California won the day’s first two games, setting up a rematch of an NCAA Tournament round of 32 game from March.


  1. poorboy November 25, 2013 10:47 pm

    Well Brian, timely that Dyrbe now in rotation at 1 and 2 spot for guards. Enos, has to be ready to step up, and I think he will!

  2. poorboy November 25, 2013 10:49 pm

    And hoping, really badly, that Q is okay. No more, herniated disc please! Good thing Gib had a large contingent of guards. Get well Quincy, take care of the back, it will be there for you, when you get older. Rehab, and hope MRI doesn’t show anything serious, just rest, rehab, ice, heat and stretch. Bummer, get well Q!

  3. K-Bay November 26, 2013 12:55 am

    Similar to Summer League, Q Tough Competitor, playing with Pain/Discomfort…

  4. Bowwar November 26, 2013 1:07 pm

    I like Q’s game…He reminds me alot of AC Carter…

  5. poorboy November 26, 2013 1:35 pm

    Brian: Let us know as soon as possible, if can, the results of Q’s MRI, that guy, as K-Bay states, is tough, play through pain, D1 absolutely ready, as well as Nevels, Great addition to guard rotation, Nevels, Smith, Shamburger and now LOCAL BOY, 808 representative, Dyrbe E.

    Get well Quincy, you make great passes, and are always looking to push, or running sets to get shooters, their shots.
    Fans, the missing part of Gib’s first 3 year., Good guards, doesn’t have to be All
    Americans, just really good guards that take care of the ball, can learn D1 defense, and are not afraid to go to the hole. When all the guards, wings,start hitting 3 ball consistently, UH will be ready to battle for BWC tourney title and NCAA bid. Guys, keep on improving, and hi motor, on D and O!

  6. Pocho November 26, 2013 7:04 pm

    Shamburger is an able point guard, takes care of the ball in pressure and he can hit it from long range if needed.

    But Quincy is the type of Guard we’ve been missing for quite some time, he can handle the ball somewhat upcourt and what I like about him is his nature of attacking the rim and dishing the ball off to a fellow big man if in trouble. He’s a bit deceiving and if his back wasn’t hurting we’d see better d out of him.

  7. ROB T November 27, 2013 9:09 am

    The best thing about Q that no one has brought up is that he draws between 5 to 7 fouls against the opposing team. A players defense is very different when they are in foul trouble.

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