Webster-Chan here, Q. Smith next week

Hawaii did some shuffling of its recruit visits with the spring signing day rapidly approaching. Negus Webster-Chan, a 6-7, 200-pound swingman who played for Missouri in 2012-13, is currently on an official visit to UH.

Webster-Chan, of Ontario, Canada, averaged 2.5 points and 2.0 rebounds in 15.5 minutes as a Tigers freshman, starting six of 32 contests. He connected on 16 of 59 3-pointers (27.1) percent). He’ll have to sit out a year wherever he ends up, then will have three years to play three.


His requested release from Mizzou was announced on April 2, effectively giving UH and Gib Arnold his first shot to impress.

City College of San Francisco point guard Quincy Smith is currently slated to visit here next weekend, a few days after the Wednesday start to the signing period.


Meanwhile, last week’s visitors Garrett Nevels and Corey Allen of Mount San Antonio College are continuing their tour of official visits. Nevels is at Morehead State this weekend while Allen is at South Florida, Mt. SAC coach Clark Maloney said Friday.

“They really enjoyed it,” Maloney said of the pair’s time at UH. “They really liked the direction of the program. They want something to compare it to.”


Junior center Davis Rozitis is believed to still be undecided on coming back for his senior year. We’ll know either way on him before too long.

Freshmen Manroop Clair and Ozren Pavlovic have been mentioned as possible departures, but no official word there just yet.


I’ve sensed this come up more and more lately: Is freshman Brandon Jawato on scholarship? Yes, Jawato was placed on scholarship soon after the team got back from the Warriors to Asia tour in 2011.


  1. turfwar April 12, 2013 1:32 pm

    Thanks Brian. Answers some questions on available scholies.

  2. lowtone123 April 12, 2013 3:12 pm

    Good luck Coach Gib! We’ve got to get as many recruits as possible. The fact is some players will ask to leave every year for various reasons (homesick, lack of playing time).

  3. poorboy April 12, 2013 3:22 pm

    Brian is Aaron Valdes on scholarship, scholarship agreement, since he came on board , having not signed LOI in April or Nov 2012 .? Would you know.

    Mahalo Brian, and been on a roller coaster, who is and who isn’t on scholie, Gib is a master at that. Correct, a lot of talk on several message boards, possibly Davis, Ozren and Manroop, might not be here next season, we shall see very soon.

    And lowtone123, I agree, Gib has to hustle, if 3 guys are gone, have to fill with quality guys, especially if two for this year, has to get the best of the rest to make team better next year. It , the recruits coming in this year, and maybe next crucial to his extension, don’t you think Brian.

    Mahalo for your updates. Real Time . Thanks Brian!!!

  4. poorboy April 12, 2013 3:23 pm

    Aaron Valdes on Scholarship (correction, sorry) since he did not LOI sign in early period Nov 2011 or April-May 2012?

    Thanks Brian.

  5. Kendall April 12, 2013 4:47 pm

    Yeah poorboy that’s my question as well is Aaron Valdes on scholarship?

    My other question, can you confirm if Hawaii is going after High Schooler PF Tanner Lancona? He was just released from his LOI from Wazzu.

  6. pali April 12, 2013 4:59 pm

    hope he can secure a couple decent point guards.

  7. poorboy April 12, 2013 5:59 pm

    Kendall and pali, leave it up to Brian Mcinnis, he probably can find out about Aaron Valdes, and pali, that is priority number one I thought and we know, get great PG first and foremost to have depth there as well as SG/wings who can create , go to rim, finish as well as great 3 ball shooters.

    We shall see.

    Thanks in advance on Aaron Valdes’ scholarshiip situation Brian, I did not recall him signing a scholarship agreement. I know, he was admitted into UH for a late start fall of 2012, then awaited a late, late okay by NCAA clearinghouse. Wonder if Aaron is a preferred walkon?

    Mahalo Brian.

  8. Pocho April 12, 2013 6:52 pm

    these scholarships are one year deals, right? Coach in reality could award a prefered walk-on a year scholarship having the player know it may not be available to him the next year. I don’t see anything wrong with that, it’s a win situation for the prefered walk-on. I don’t see Gib playing hard ball with any recruits he himself recruited with the player signing a LOI. I could imagine a player with bad grades not having his scholarship renewed or a player deciding not to come back and move on.

  9. Sickman Fraud April 12, 2013 8:10 pm

    Isn’t the combined 3point shooting percentage of Webster-Chan and Smith less than 50 percent?

  10. Warriorfan April 12, 2013 8:46 pm

    Freshmen improve!!!!!Webster-Chan and Smith were freshmen, UH fans are too used to junior college juniors and too impatient to see freshmen improve.

  11. Warrior Dave April 12, 2013 8:54 pm

    This revolving door of freshmen defections are making my head spin. Our APR is going to haunt UH soon.

  12. Warriorfan April 12, 2013 9:27 pm

    transfers are a part of college basketball, cant think of a team that doesn’t have 1-2 a year.

  13. hanapepe April 13, 2013 9:08 am

    What about Ko from Kaleheo? Alika Smith thinks he is only a RS year away from Div 1. Would be great to get a local boy on the scene. Any news on an extension for Gib or is it sayonara after this year?

  14. Warrior Dave April 13, 2013 10:42 am

    Guess we hardly had this happen under prior HC’s but maybe the talent wasn’t as good????

  15. Brian McInnis April 13, 2013 11:29 am

    Hey guys, thanks for keeping the conversation lively. To answer the question about Aaron Valdes — So far in his UH career he’s a walk-on. When he joined the program it seemed initially he might be given a scholarship, but that hasn’t happened yet.

    He could very well dunk his way to a scholarship before too much longer. Practices can be a grind, both to watch and play in daily, and he kept things interesting with his athleticism, tip dunks and lighthearted play.

  16. Brian McInnis April 13, 2013 11:36 am

    And yes, scholarships are renewable year-to-year. But generally something unusual has to happen for a guy eligible to return to lose his scholarship mid-career.

  17. poorboy April 13, 2013 12:57 pm

    Mahalo Plenty Brian: Those scholarship questions many of us had, puts into proper perspective, availabilty of scholarships that Gib has to offer. I know Pocho, and Kendall and poorboy, since, Gib does not always let on who is and who isn’t scholarship players, like back in the day, we get confused. Summary:
    Scholarhips atheltes currently on roster for now-Ozren,Manroop, Davis,Jawato,Jefferson, Shamburger, Fotu, Standhardinger,Dressler,Spearman=10

    Early freshman Nov 2012 LOI signees: Michael Thomas and Stefan Jovanovic=2

    Currently 12 scholies accounted for with 1 still available.

    Walkons: (as of now) Michael Harper, Dyrbe Enos and Aaron Valdes

    Davis Rozitis, still uncertain on whether coming back for senior season. Ozren and Manroop through the grapevine, we are not sure too. Possibly, at least 2 might open up for Gib this spring. Which would explain the agressive recruiting visits for JC’s, DI transfers, and DI Decommitts.

    Mahalo Plenty Brian, and shout out to Pocho, I think the fact that Aaron Valdes is not currently on scholarship at this moment, gives Gib some leverage. However, if he Awards Aaron V. a scholarship, after a great fall camp, or something that would be great.

    Bottom line UH MBB team, keep your GPA up and finish Spring Semester strong, it will affect your future endeavors no matter what they might be!

    Thanks again Brian McInnis!!

  18. poorboy April 13, 2013 1:01 pm

    I guess it was good that Aaron was here for RS year, to work on his game, Brian I guess you could say he has athleticism, however, he has to prove his skillset, BBIQ, and physical, emotional part of his game could hopefully translate to being scholarship worthy. Best wishes to Aaron Valdes, hope you work hard and get a scholarship!

    Look forward to your high flying dunks alongside Michael Thomas!

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