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Hawaii men’s basketball: Gibson Johnson returns as graduate manager

By Brian McInnis on June 25, 2019

Former Hawaii forward Gibson Johnson is still looking to go pro in basketball — just not with a jersey on his back. He’ll be wearing aloha shirts on the sidelines instead. Johnson was made official as a graduate manager with the Rainbow Warriors for the 2019-20 season this week, with an eye toward an eventual career as a coach or perhaps more. “I’m excited to be back with the team. I have an awesome staff to learn from and a great […]

Hawaii men’s basketball: Team manager Dominic Drury promoted

By Stephen Tsai on June 24, 2019

Dominic Drury has been promoted from graduate manager to the Hawaii basketball team’s assistant director of basketball operations. The past season was Drury’s first with the Rainbow Warriors after serving as Saint Mary’s student manager for four years. Drury had served the ‘Bows’ marketing coordinator and coordinator of the managers, as well as assisting with videos, facility scheduling, statistical analysis, scouting and practice preparation. In his new role, Drury will assist Jesse Nakanishi, the director of basketball operations. * * […]

Hawaii men’s basketball: Jack Purchase’s stock on the rise in Australia

By Stephen Tsai on June 19, 2019

Former UH basketball player Jack Purchase is having quite a week back in his native Australia. The Emerging Boomers have added Purchase to Australia’s entry in the 30th Sumer Universiade — also known as the World University Games — next month in Italy. “It’s an honor to wear the green and gold again,” Purchase texted to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. “And I can’t wait to get over to Italy and represent Australia but also represent the great state of Hawaii.” Also, […]

Hawaii basketball in prospect Lok Wur’s top five

By Stephen Tsai on June 18, 2019

There is a possibility a good recruiting month might become even better for the Hawaii basketball team. After receiving signed 2019 commitments from Justin Webster and Bernardo da Silva, the Rainbow Warriors learned they are in the running for Lok Wur of Papillion-La Vista South High in Nebraska. Wur tweeted he has narrowed his five choices to Creighton, Oregon, Texas A&M, Virginia Tech and Hawaii. VaTech and Oregon played in the NCAA Tournament, with the Ducks advancing to the Sweet […]

Hawaii basketball gets commit from 6-9 Bernardo da Silva

By Stephen Tsai on June 15, 2019

The University of Hawaii basketball team today secured a commitment from a post player from one of the country’s top high school basketball teams. Bernardo da Silva of Wasatch Academy in Mount Pleasant, Utah, will sign a scholarship agreement and join the Rainbow Warriors this summer. Da Silva is 6 feet 9 with a 7-2 wingspan. “Bernardo is a fantastic athlete,” said Wasatch coach David Evans, a former BYU-Hawaii player and assistant coach. “He’s a very good and skilled post […]

Hawaii basketball alum Phil Handy exults in another NBA title

By Brian McInnis on June 14, 2019

Former Hawaii men’s basketball guard Phil Handy is an NBA champion once again. Handy, who won a title with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016, can get a second finger fitted for a ring after the Toronto Raptors defeated the Golden State Warriors in six games on Thursday night in Oakland for the franchise’s first championship. Handy is a first-year Raptors assistant coach. It was the fifth straight year Handy faced the Warriors in the NBA Finals. He was there four […]

Warrior Beat: Hawaii basketball lands guard Justin Webster

By Stephen Tsai on June 14, 2019

The UH basketball team today received a commitment from a Dallas-area high school guard. Justin Webster, who is 6 feet 3, averaged 16.2 points per game this season for Hargrave Military Academy, a boarding school in Chatham, Va. Webster and his parents recently took an official recruiting visit to Hawaii. 1000% Committed #STW pic.twitter.com/EZ3TcoKEFO — Justin Webster™0️⃣ (@justin_web05) June 14, 2019 Webster is set to enroll at UH for the July 1 start of Summer Session II. “I chose UH […]

Hawaii men’s basketball: ‘Bows in the pros 2018-19 wrap

By Brian McInnis on June 8, 2019

We’re in the thick of summer, which means it’s time to take stock of what some former Hawaii men’s basketball players did over the past several months. Yep, it’s ‘Bows in the pros, post-2018-19 edition. Noah Allen (G League), Garrett Nevels (Spain’s Liga Endesa), Isaac Fotu (Germany’s BBL), Bill Amis (Belgium’s EuroMillions League) and Matt Lojeski (Greece’s A1 league) are among the ex-Rainbow Warriors playing some prominent ball, a step or two down from the NBA. Below you’ll find the […]