UH looks to Latvia

Hawaii has gone Latvian in its search for size.

Forward Zigmars Raimo of Latvia has offered a verbal commitment to the Rainbow Warriors and is expected to become official soon, possibly as soon as Thursday. He’s the fourth commit for next season, and second of the spring. He’s also the first front-line player of UH’s 2016 class.

He’s 6-7 with four years of eligibility. His most notable playing experience is with the Latvian U18 junior national team. There’s a photo gallery of him at that link.

Raimo has played against UH alum Davis Rozitis, who helped seal the deal with some positive words about his UH experience, Raimo said. Rozitis is the only previous Latvian in program history.

Here’s a video of Raimo, albeit from a few years ago with the Latvian U16 team.

More recently with the U18 team at the 2015 Euro Championships, he averaged 9.9 points, 7.6 rebounds and 3.3 assists.

UH has 11 total scholarships available for next season (a reduction of two thanks to the NCAA sanctions). With three scholarship players returning (Jack Purchase, Mike Thomas, Sheriff Drammeh) and four now committed for next season (Matt Owies, Drew Buggs, Leland Green, Raimo), that still leaves UH with four openings.

For more on Raimo, including several comments from him, check out Thursday’s print edition of the Star-Advertiser.


UCLA’s Noah Allen affirmed he visited the Manoa campus last weekend. It sounds like UH is close to securing his services as well, but Allen stopped short of announcing a commitment at this juncture.

Allen was recruited out of high school in California by both Eran Ganot and Adam Jacobsen, when they were assistants at Saint Mary’s and Pacific, respectively.

“The guys were real cool,” Allen said of his visit. “Obviously Hawaii’s an incredible place, so it wouldn’t be too hard of an adjustment. And obviously the relationship I have with the coaching staff, Coach Ganot and Coach Jacobsen, I feel real comfortable. I trust them. They know me from high school, they know my game.”


Nothing new on Odessa (Texas) JC guard Larry Lewis, who visited last week, or on Salt Lake CC forward Gibson Johnson.


  1. al May 5, 2016 3:36 am

    Not surprised that we are in the Euro market and this is good.
    Looking forward another one or two from this region as well as an Aussie or Kiwi.

    This is an important class as ever since they will be the imprint for the next few years.

    At the same time a senior transfer or two fits the lineup real well. Giving us maturity and an available scholie the next year.

  2. Hoosier May 5, 2016 6:26 am

    Never know where or who Bows are seriously courting. Agree with you, al. Important class and I trust the staff is building another group of talented players. Relax and let coaches do their jobs. Can’t wait til the fall

  3. Lowtone123 May 5, 2016 10:36 am

    Thank you Brian for keeping us updated. Critical period in the program right now as this will set them up post NCAA ban.

  4. oldtimer808 May 5, 2016 12:11 pm

    Hopefully our coaching staff can find a couple of 6’10 players who can rebound and bang on the inside and if we win 15 to 17 games this season than good progress. I expect this season we will be playing small which means everyone attacking the glass.

  5. PONO May 5, 2016 2:21 pm

    Not sure why everyone is so fixated on height. Trust that the coaches know what they are doing. Finding guys 6’10 and taller is tough. I’ll be happy with a 6’8 Tony Akan type.

  6. ALLAN May 5, 2016 7:05 pm


  7. Hoosier May 6, 2016 6:39 am

    Right. 6’10” in high heels. Please. Funny to get worked up over that. Glad to see Art Woolaway Award return along with new ones. Ganot respecting traditions of program. Just more proof that he was a good choice as head coach.

  8. Craig May 6, 2016 8:22 am

    Solid pickup from E.Europe and perhaps more down the line from that region. Last time I heard a UH forwards’ play described as “like a junkyard dog” it was the late John Molle Jr. from California. *Hoping to add athletic 6’7″ Bruins Post Gr transfer Noah Allen-seems like great Win/Win fit. That would leave 3 more Rides. Maybe that Spanish Big’s last name is uh…GASOL-a nephew maybe vbg?
    Frmr IUer, Hoosier! Let’s rap some #iubb sometime maybe? Aloha Friends.

  9. cappie the dog May 6, 2016 10:04 am

    My belief is that Coach Ganot has the talent to coach up mediocre talent. As long as the potential recruit’s options are other Division I schools, and not Hawaii or bust, I think he will be at worst, functional, because Ganot looks like he knows what he’s doing.

  10. KBay May 28, 2016 12:27 pm

    Raimo Young Enough maybe can still Grow 2-4 more inches…

    As Well As Coached Up Skills…


    One / Two More BIG Surprises…

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