Time for tipoff

It’s time. Gib Arnold makes his debut at 7 p.m. as a Division I head coach in the 47th Outrigger Hotels Rainbow Classic, when he leads the Hawaii men’s basketball team against Montana State of the Big Sky Conference.

UH follows with Cal State Fullerton tomorrow and Central Michigan on Monday. Those two teams play each other tonight at about 9:30 p.m., following the UH game.

A reminder, I’ll be doing live updates throughout the Rainbow Classic on twitter @brian_mcinnis.


Any remaining hope about Harvard-Westlake (Calif.) forward Damiene Cain was snuffed out today, when Cain picked Colorado live on calihighsports.com. It was apparent in the last week or so that UH was a long shot at best; Cain was never able to make it out to the islands on a visit. He had a visit lined up last month, but it was canceled at the last moment by his parents.

Another UH target, Canadian forward Braeden Anderson, committed to DePaul.

UH got Ronnie Stevens‘ national letter of intent, and is awaiting a clearance issue for verbal commit Gerry Blakes of Morningside (Calif.) High in the hope they can get him signed by Wednesday.

Those were the only recruits in serious play during this early signing period.


  1. al November 12, 2010 3:38 pm


  2. Brian McInnis November 12, 2010 4:05 pm

    Thanks for the reminder Al. Brazilian forward Rafael Maia will sign in the late signing period. UH is among his choices.

  3. Pauoa Boy November 12, 2010 9:13 pm

    Chee Huu, nice win by our Warrior Basketball Boys tonight, just my thoughts on what I saw individually… Hiram Thompson played a very good game and has vastly improved from last year. He provided a nice steady hand all night and played within himself…his leadership will be needed this season. Anthony Salter needs to stop playing with the ball up top, too much And 1 Mix Tape, just keep it simple. He can handle the ball but this is D1 not high school or JC and you will get picked. Bobby had a nice alley-oop, but he needs to protect the ball better and play smarter. Bo Barnes is lights out man, that boy can make it rain baby. He’s definitely going to be an impact shooter for us. Zane Johnson just needs to keep shooting, off night. Joston Thomas is a pure beast and I love his inside/outside game. Trevor Wiseman reminds me of one of those guys who does all the dirty work, loose balls, rebounds, straight hustle type player, I like him. Vander played big tonight for the most part, I can see why he would start instead of Kurtz. Amis had some nice blocks but I wish he was more involved offensively tonight. Kurtz just seems like a project, didn’t do much at all. Anyway, I enjoyed watching the game tonight, it was very entertaining unlike the past few years in that stagnant ancient Nash flex-slow motion offense. Overall I like how this team brings it and goes hard all game. There are lots of things to work on and improve but this team has the potential to be at the top of the WAC this year. Good Job Coach Gib on being undefeated so far!

  4. cocobean November 12, 2010 11:17 pm

    Good start to the season. A little disappointed the crowd wasn’t over 6k. Whoever was there will probably be back tomorrow. And like me, they’ll be telling their friends this team is worth watching.

    Liked the overall energy and hustle. There wasn’t much drop off in production when Gib began to sub. For now, seems like Hiram is the toughest guy to replace. Slater hasn’t had enough practice time and it showed. But he has good D1 quickness which should fit into Gib’s style of play. Miles is a frosh no further explanation needed.

    Not to bachi anyone but Barnes seems to be well on his way to break the UH career 3point record. Seemed fearless. Quick release. Can’t remember the last UH player to pull up and hit a 3 in transition.

  5. al November 13, 2010 12:06 am

    nice start.

    was nice to see defense become a large part in what we do. it was the pressure defense that got us up and running and back in control in the second half.

    offense was like a kid stuttering out there. but, that is to be expected as they are all learning to play with each other and in an entirely new method. one thing that needs a quick fix was there spacing at times especially down low it would get too crowded.

    i like the energy and the return of the perimeter shots faling. they also play with a lot more mental intensity resulting in fewer turnovers.

    a great start and if they keep playing hard you’ll see the ssc start to fill up.

    just one small caution to the wind is that this was montana state a d2 program.

    …nuff said.

  6. protector November 13, 2010 2:28 am

    Couldn’t make it for this one, but I expect to be there to support the team on Saturday & Monday nights. Mahalo to everyone for the commentary & feedback; almost makes me feel I was there.

  7. Owen November 13, 2010 4:59 am

    Anyone who goes to the games will enjoy the play, win or lose, because they are playing with passion. With Coach Arnold’s willingness to sub freely, everyone comes in and contributes within their roles or they are removed. Those roles may not always require scoring, but may be in defense, or in rebounding, or in assisting, and/or in setting picks. As coach has said he’s looking for his players to play in an “all in” fashion. That kind of play is easy to see and fun to watch.

  8. waryor November 13, 2010 6:42 am

    montana st is NOT d2.

    big sky is fcs in football, but they are d1 in basketball.

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