What was feared in some corners proved true with Hawaii commit Tyler Harville, who was to be a preferred walk-on with the Rainbow Warriors in the fall.
Harville decided to enroll at Saint Mary’s instead. UH won’t get to find out — firsthand, anyway — just how deadly the diminutive guard’s shooting stroke could be.
“It was a last-minute decision thing. Just a better situation for me, guard-wise,” Harville said on Sunday.
Harville played some spot minutes in the College Summer League this Thursday and Saturday while here on vacation with his family. He initially planned to remain here for summer school and the rest of summer league, but he canceled those plans and notified the UH coaching staff.
His choice was made, in part, by who wasn’t here rather than who was.
“(Former UH assistant Scott) Fisher got me over here,” Harville said. “After Fisher left, nobody … I didn’t hear from any of the coaches for a good month and a half. They didn’t show as much love as Saint Mary’s did. Just a better situation for me, but no hard feelings or nothing. Just a better opportunity.”
Fisher is now the head coach at Ohlone College in Fremont, Calif.
Harville affirmed he worked out with the Gaels recently and hit it off with them.
“And I went and visited and everything a while back. Just kind of fell into place last minute, really,” he said.
Much was made of Harville’s commit to UH. Do you think the walk-on would have lived up to the hype?