Heading into the final day of the spring signing period Wednesday, there was some hope Hawaii could pick up a much-needed big man in the form of Navarro (Texas) College 6-foot-10, 290-pound center Jaleel Cousins.
Nope. Cousins, who I’m told visited UH recently with his older brother DeMarcus of the NBA, elected to sign with South Florida on Tuesday.
That’s two known recruits in a row UH could not close the deal on, after point guard target Joey Frenchwood recently committed to Montana State.
Another big UH is going after, 6-7 Sammis Reyes, reportedly remains uncommitted after his recent campus visit.
While UH can add players with non-binding scholarship agreements until the fall semester, getting another official signee surely would have helped quell fears of a light 2014-15 class (as of now, just guards Isaac Fleming and Roderick Bobbitt) going into the summer.
As of right now, UH’s front line for the coming season is Isaac Fotu, Stefan Jovanovic, Stefan Jankovic (starting in December), Mike Thomas, and in a pinch, Negus Webster-Chan.
The ‘Bows might be able to squeeze somebody in on Wednesday, but the bottom line right now is this signing class is shaping up as a disappointment amid the ongoing NCAA investigation.