Wahine hoops reeling ’em in

UH Rainbow Wahine head coach Laura Beeman has a sizable class in the works for the 2019-20 early signing period. / Photo by Cindy Ellen Russell, Star-Advertiser

If you’re a basketball player and you’ve got a college commitment to announce, Twitter is very much the place to do it these days.

On Tuesday, the fourth — fourth — girls hoops player of the offseason/preseason announced a verbal commitment to join the Hawaii Rainbow Wahine for 2019-20. It was Naenae Calhoun, a 5-foot-4 point guard at JW North High in Riverside, Calif. Her full name is Tyzajahanae Fuller-Calhoun.

Previously announcing their commitments on the platform were Olivia Davies, MaKayla Edwards and Kasey Neubert. All four are all entering their senior seasons in high school.

Davies is a 5-9 combo guard at Wasilla High in Alaska.

Here’s a story on Davies’ commitment.

Edwards is a 5-10 guard/forward at Salesian College Prep in Richmond in the Bay Area.

And lastly, Neubert is a 6-foot forward at Highlands Ranch High in Colorado.

A couple of weeks ago, UH assistant Courtney Locke turned to Matthew McConaughey for a little help keeping track of the commits.

Players can sign for the 2019-20 season as soon as Nov. 14, the start of the early period, which is about a week after the 2018-19 season opener on Nov. 6 vs. Pepperdine.

It’s believed the Wahine have one more scholarship opening for next season. Coach Laura Beeman cannot comment on recruits until they are officially signed.


  1. seewhy October 9, 2018 7:11 pm

    Things are looking up for the Wahine. Wish them the best of luck this coming season.

  2. Kazu October 10, 2018 3:44 am

    Season coming around the corner. Looks like good preseason games with cpl Pac 12 teams.

  3. Lowtone123 October 10, 2018 9:59 am

    Keep um’ coming Coach B.

  4. roygbivs October 11, 2018 2:43 am

    Like this!!

  5. Matt October 11, 2018 4:35 pm

    It’s great stuff for coach Beeman and company. Considering that the Salanoa sisters will be the last of the 2015-16 roster that made it to the NCAA, this would now mean Beeman would have to start over with a new slate after the 2018-19. Interestingly, enough…Savannah Reier, a 5’7″ junior (Soon to be senior, should she stay in the 2019-20 season) and Kanoa look like they’re going for the PG position for the 2018-19 season, and after Kanoa leaves, it’ll leave Reier and Calhoun to try and vie for that spot. I don’t know what’s going to happen, but in the very least, I’m hoping this’ll get Beeman back to the post-season spot because with the way that Beeman is recruiting, I’m hoping the height they picked up will translate enough to get paced scorers and possibly get this program back to its winning ways.

  6. NorthShorFan October 11, 2018 8:11 pm

    Just hoping for some big bodies to patrol the paint and score. We’ll need them badly going forward.

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