Hawaii’s terrific start to the season was provided in large part by the only player to start throughout last year’s dismal 10-20 campaign.
Senior point guard Hiram Thompson was named the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Week for career games against Montana State and Cal State Fullerton, both UH wins (77-59 and 84-70, respectively).
He averaged 19.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game and is shooting 66.7 percent from the field.
“I wish I could bottle that up and take it with me for the rest of my career,” UH coach Gib Arnold said yesterday of Thompson’s play.
Thompson looked great in Arnold’s new system. He weaved his way to the basket on numerous occasions, hit the floor hard under both baskets several times and generally looked like the floor leader the Rainbow Warriors will need to have a successful first season under their first-year head coach.
What do you guys think of Hiram’s play in these first two games, compared to at any other point of his UH career?
Freshman shooting guard Bo Barnes‘ 10 3-pointers is tied for the most in the country through two games. Two other players have hit more than Barnes, but have done so in three games.
Let’s see if Thompson, Barnes and Bill Amis (coming off a career-high 24-point night) can replicate their efforts tonight on ESPN against Central Michigan. Tipoff is at 11 p.m. It’s a “Blackout” game, so don’t forget to wear a black shirt.