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Hawaii men’s basketball: Isaac Fotu has FIBA World Cup to remember

By Brian McInnis on September 12, 2019

Whether it’s in college, the pro ranks or representing his country on one of international basketball’s biggest stages, Isaac Fotu’s game translates. The former Hawaii standout forward just completed competition for his native New Zealand in the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China and was one of the Tall Blacks’ go-to players as they posted a 3-2 record, finishing 19th of 32 teams competing. Fotu ranked No. 10 among all players in the tournament in points per game (18.4), while […]

Hawaii men’s basketball: Chris Gerlufsen hired as assistant coach

By Stephen Tsai on September 3, 2019

The UH basketball team has filled a key position with the hiring of Chris Gerlufsen as assistant coach. Gerlufsen has worked for three Division I programs in the past two decades, including the last four seasons at the University of San Diego. > Gerelufsen replaces Adam Jacobsen, who resigned to accept an assistant coach’s job at Cal Baptist. Jacobsen was with the Rainbow Warriors for four years, including the NCAA Tournament run in 2015-16. Jacobsen served as associate head coach […]

Hawaii men’s basketball: Ganot teases 100th season; Jacobsen joins Cal Baptist

By Brian McInnis on August 20, 2019

From Day 1 on the job as Hawaii men’s basketball coach, Eran Ganot championed the program’s past as one of its greatest selling points. Over the course of the 2019-20 season — the 100th in program history going back to 1912 — UH plans to honor that past in a variety of ways. Ganot teased some of those methods this week as he stood in front of the NCAA and NIT tournament plaques he had custom made for the hallway outside […]

Hawaii men’s basketball: Former coach Benjy Taylor lands a head job

By Brian McInnis on August 14, 2019

Former Hawaii interim head coach Benjy Taylor has been tapped to lead a college basketball program once again. Taylor, who headed up the Rainbow Warriors for the 2014-15 season in the wake of Gib Arnold’s firing (and took the ‘Bows within one game of making the NCAA Tournament), has been named the new head coach at Tuskegee University, according to Hoopdirt’s Adam Nelson. CSU Bakersfield Assistant Benjy Taylor to be named head coach at D2 Tuskegee. Was former head coach […]

Hawaii men’s basketball: 2019-20 schedule released, ‘Bows to make 2 Power Five road trips

By Brian McInnis on August 9, 2019

In most years, Hawaii men’s basketball might take a single road trip to the mainland during nonconference play. Sometimes no trip at all. Not so this year. The Rainbow Warriors are challenging themselves with two separate excursions to the mainland to take on Illinois (Nov. 18) and Oregon (Dec. 7), interspersed between 12 nonconference home games. Combined with some respectable foes coming in, and only one Division II opponent, this has the potential to be one of the better Rainbow […]

Hawaii men’s basketball: Huge loss in Jacobsen, big gain in Ali

By Brian McInnis on August 9, 2019

Thursday was a day of some very notable personnel movement for the Hawaii men’s basketball team. First, news broke that former Washington State guard Ahmed Ali had transferred to join the Rainbow Warriors for his last season of college eligibility. Later in the day, word began to percolate that associate head coach Adam Jacobsen, the right-hand man of head coach Eran Ganot for the last four years, is apparently on his way out from Manoa. These moves are potentially huge, and […]

Hawaii men’s basketball: 2019 Rainbow Classic field revealed

By Brian McInnis on August 8, 2019

A tip of the cap to Florida A&M University for pulling back the curtain on another chunk of Hawaii men’s basketball’s 2019-20 nonconference schedule. The Rattlers of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference posted their full schedule online recently, and there at the very top of the list was the field for the 2019 Rainbow Classic. The latest edition of the four-team, season-opening, round-robin version of UH’s old tournament begins on Nov. 8, a few days after the national start of college […]

Warrior Beat: Washington State guard Ahmed Ali joining Hawaii men’s basketball team

By Stephen Tsai on August 8, 2019

Ahmed Ali, a 5-11 guard who started 24 games for Washington State the past season, told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser this morning he is joining the Rainbow Warrior basketball team. After two years at a junior college and one at WSU, Ali has two years to play one season. He is seeking a waiver that would allow him to play this season without redshirting. “That’s the goal,” Ali said of the waiver. “That’s what I’m hoping. That’s what I’m banking on […]