After a break of about seven weeks or so, the Hawaii basketball team was back on the court yesterday. The NCAA allows members eight hours each week for team activities, of which up to four hours may be spent on the court. This training session runs for about six weeks.
> What’s new? As previously reported, Gibson Johnson and Jack Rydquist have been added as graduate managers. Dominic Drury, who was a graduate manager last year, is now the assistant director of basketball operations. Freshmen Justin Webster and Kameron Ng began attending Summer Session II yesterday, which made them eligible to participate in the first day of organized team activities. Three other newcomers — Junior Madut, Bernardo da Silva and Jessiya Villa (who is on a mission in Ghana) — will join on Aug. 26, the first day of UH’s fall semester.
> Is that it? There still is one available scholarship. The Warriors’ preference is to fill it before the start of the fall semester. If not, it can be held for a mid-year signing.
> Fond farewell: A team and fan favorite, guard Huthifah Abdeljawad, is not returning to the team. “He was a good teammate,” head coach Eran Ganot said.
> Deep thoughts: The ‘Bows are preparing for the NCAA’s 3-point stripe, which at 22 feet, 1 3/4 inches is 16 1/4 inches farther than the previous line. “Something we used to joke about (was) why I was shooting it too far behind the 3-point line previously,” guard Eddie Stansberry said, smiling. “If anything, I was getting ready (for the rule change).”
Last season, 72.4 percent of Stansberry’s shots were launched from behind the 3-point arc. In all, 43 percent of the ‘Bows’ field-goal attempts were 3-point shots last season. They attempted 24.2 3-pointers per game.
> Good health: Point guard Drew Buggs said he was able to mend problems with his right meniscus with intensive physical therapy instead of surgery. Owen Hulland, whose freshman season was limited to eight games because of a foot ailment, said he is in good health. Post player Zigmars Raimo, who weighed 252 as a freshman, enters his senior season at 221 pounds.