Hawaii basketball gets commit from 6-9 Bernardo da Silva

Bernardo da Silva./ Photo courtesy of Wasatch Academy

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 player. He can also stretch the floor beause he can shoot the 3 and the mid-range, too.”

Da Silva was born in Brazil, and has attended Wasatch for three years. This past season, the Tigers were ranked fifth nationally and played in the GEICO national tournament.

Da Silva initially signed with BYU in December, but was granted a release after the Cougars changed head coaches. Evans said Da Silva visited UC Davis and Santa Clara in the fall, and UC Irvine this spring.

He averaged 7.8 points and 4.3 rebounds as part of the Wasatch’s rotation. Evans said seven players averaged around 10 points per game in the share-the-wealth offense.

“If Bernardo was on any other high school team, he would have averaged 20 (points) and 10 (rebounds) easily,” Evans said. “Hes a very good defensive player. He’s physical. He’s a good communicator. He’s a good shooter, as well.”


  1. Hank June 15, 2019 3:23 pm


  2. Pukalani boy June 15, 2019 3:59 pm

    Great Hawaii needs athletic front court players!!

  3. Warrior Lifer June 15, 2019 4:03 pm

    Talk about under the radar. I hadn’t even seen this guy’s name at all until he committed. Good get!

  4. H-man June 15, 2019 4:06 pm

    Ganot and staff coming through with good recruits. De Silva looks like he needs more time in the weight room. No matter, talent is talent. Go Bows !!!

  5. haka June 15, 2019 6:02 pm

    Meh, Ganot cannot recruit…..

  6. haka June 15, 2019 6:03 pm


  7. haka June 15, 2019 6:04 pm


  8. haka June 15, 2019 6:07 pm


  9. sackkabooya June 16, 2019 12:43 am

    I think Ganot has built quite an array of role players that can mix, match and mesh in a lot of different ways. Whole roster has some skillsets that varies from the next guy. I love this style of roster. Imagine if he can land that late qualifier scheduled to visit here soon. Would be awesome for UH, maybe even for the whole Big West Conference. That is definitely the missing piece. Would make everything so complete. Amazing.

    Ganot is not a “salesman”. And maybe slightly awkward and/or stiff personality wise. His charisma stems mostly from his persona (straight forward kind of guy) so he is definitely not “Glib” Arnold. He has a good heart, a good soul, and a great Basketball mind. I hope parents of prospective recruits can see this character is in the entire program. On the rise for sure. Feels similar to the “Ohana” brand of culture Rolo has built for Football, just in a different “Multi-National” way. But definitely “Hawaii inspired”. Might be tough to sell to young players right now it wont be long before that will change. I love it.

  10. sackkabooya June 16, 2019 12:48 am


    Letter of intent or Laugh out loud?

  11. mikej June 16, 2019 2:55 am

    I was wrong!!!! I admit that;but lets see if he can get that impact transfer from the portal.

  12. haka June 16, 2019 5:47 am

    Sackabooya, it wouldn’t let me do another “L”….said I already commented that! LOL. Was just getting cute in sarcasm about those that have been saying Coach Ganot cannot recruit. Nice that we beat out the other BW teams for his services! Go Warriors!

  13. Kahuna June 16, 2019 8:06 am

    I think some fans here and elsewhere are sometimes unrealistic about the type of players we are getting. Some was lamenting that the kids we landed are not D1 ready and we should be getting those that will start as freshmen.

    Those kind of fans fail to realize that we are a middle of the pack in a mid major. Schools like Hawaii do not get usually those kind of players(of course, there are exceptions). We need to recruit kids, develop them and build for the long run.

    It’s the way it is in all sports at UH. We recruit kids with potential and work them into better players.

    To me, Da Silva and Webster are great gets. Seems like great kids and great upsides.

  14. burro sabio June 16, 2019 8:22 am

    Mr. Tsai, I’m still looking for your previous announcement that Jaden Allen was coming.

  15. A-House June 16, 2019 9:53 am

    First time I spoke with Gary Allen, his son was 11 years old and a running back — Gary said his son will attend UH — I asked son if he would come to UH and his response was “of course, it’s all in the family” as Dad proudly looked on!

    yes, UH football is gaining traction on securing commitments from sons to continue the Warrior tradition!!!

    Maybe, we will see another Elam on the UH roster!!!

    switching gears, da Silva is NOT the player several mentioned Friday — the one who suddenly received huge interest from several Power 5 schools? is he scheduled to visit soon? it would be a recruiting coup if Ganot can sign the latter

    now, if only the 3 7 footers can increase their skills giving Ganot at least 2 sets of players he can use interchangeably — individually or as a group of 5 — rest players without lowering the skills and tempo

  16. Kahuna June 16, 2019 10:08 am

    Look Wur is the kid that have all of a sudden picked up numerous P5 offers. The kid looks like a one and done type so I don’t see him coming here.

    Not sure if his game fits Ganot’s philosophy since most of the highlights on him is him doing his own thing. Fits more in an offense that let him feeelance and more one on one plays.

    I guess it’s always good to have a prospect like him mention “Hawaii” as one of his visits since it would give Hawaii some much needed publicity but I honestly doubt we will be in his top 5.

  17. sackkabooya June 16, 2019 10:15 am

    When I watch my teen aged nephew play NBA2K with his friends (on line) you can kind of see why the mindset of young recruits might be influenced in an unrealistic way. I think that’s why the transfer portal for Basketball is so filled. Madden doesn’t have that self important “pretentious” stuff so Football’s portal seems different. So like some “First Marriages”, they might find some disillusionment, settle for a better fit later, then live “happily ever after”.

    University of Hawaii has a lot to offer (especially weather, beaches, etc.). And it has a different kind of “culture” here. A lifestyle that once you accept and “absorb” it can change your heart for a lifetime. But Facilities are important too (for these Young 2k Generation of Athletes and all prospective Students in general) so we have to try to keep up at least to some extent. It’s important. And will (if you can see the big picture) pay off big in the long run. BIG ….. Hawaii. It’s beautiful here. Campus will be too. Can Do.

  18. Warrior Lifer June 16, 2019 10:56 am

    Kahuna –
    Lok Wur for sure has all the upside in the world based on tape, but I don’t think he’s one-and-done material. He could use 2-3 years of seasoning at the college level before he can be an NBA type player. I think the fact that he wants to visit UH is already reason to believe that UH, no matter how small the chance of landing him is, should still pursue him. Wur is listing his finalists on Tuesday, so we’ll see if UH lands on his short list.
    Also, I agree with your take on the unrealistic recruits some people think we should get. However, I think our recruiting has been lacking in terms of the guards we are getting (minus Buggs, who has been a day 1 starter and has been fantastic for UH). I don’t mean to knock on previous recruits, but guys like Owies, Thomas, Green, etc. have given many fans reason to believe that Ganot has been lacking on the recruiting trail. I think that could all change because he landed Webster. Although Webster may not be a day 1 starter, I could see him providing some solid minutes off the bench from the start. These are the types of guards UH and the coaches are capable of landing.

  19. kahuna June 16, 2019 11:19 am

    Ganot have made mistakes in the past with his recruiting…however…so did Charlie Wade and now our men’s volleyball team is at an elite level. Wade first couple of years haven’t been all that but now he found his recruiting ares and have produced great results.

    Let’s just hope the Ganot have learned his lesson and not be so enamored with Australians and limit himself to the LA/SF areas and need to go find talent elsewhere. Getting a kid from Dallas via Hargrave Academy in VIrginia and a kid from Brazil via Utah is a good start.

    Hope Ganot can have one of his assistant be a world traveler and go find more talent overseas. I know we tried to get the kind from Finland that went to LBSU a couple of years ago and we went after that kid from Greece but Ganot needs to keep that up.

    International kids have been very good to our program. Savo, Carl English, Phil Martin, Puida, Jankovic, etc…and I wouldn’t mind we go back to getting more of them. They tend to be better student, more appreciative of what they have going on and are hard workers.

  20. iGrokSpock June 16, 2019 11:19 am

    Welcome to the Rainbow Warrior Ohana Bernardo!

  21. Jeezy33 June 16, 2019 1:33 pm

    Are we really crowning Ganots recruits before seeing any of them play? I mean going off his track record of the past 4 years, his guys aren’t that good besides Drew Buggs and Jack Purchase. Need more than that in a 4 year span.

  22. haka June 16, 2019 2:45 pm

    So are you saying you reserve judgement until you see recruits play? Really? Uh, okay. Well, I hope they prove me right.

  23. papajoe2 June 16, 2019 6:49 pm

    Just saw the news that Kilohana Hassenritter of Hilo has committed to UH football. Nephew of Mana Silva and mom played volleyball for UH and Hilo. Trained by his dad, uncle and also his grandfather, Maurice for a long time. Was the fasted man at the recent LA Rams clinic. Good genes, good get.

  24. Aaron June 16, 2019 10:30 pm

    I get frustrated when people complain about Ganot’s recruiting history because only recently has the cloud of NCAA sanctions gone completely away. I think in past recruiting classes we had to take what we could get because it was so easy for competing programs to point at the sanctions as a reason to not come here. Even when the NCAA lowered the penalties, it happened so late in recruiting season that the damage was done. Whether or not these recruits pan out remains to be seen, but they do show that the recruiting reach of this staff is expanding and that we can be competitive. We’ve seen how the recruiting on the football side has built up momentum – maybe it can happen with hoops, too? we gotta start somewhere…

    I’ll take what’s going on with Ganot now over everything from the last 3 HC’s.

  25. roygbivs June 16, 2019 11:15 pm

    I think these players (Webster & da Silva) are upgrades from the players that have transferred.

    1ne more to go….

    Maybe a player from Canada again?
    Graduate Transfer perhaps?

  26. Andrew June 17, 2019 8:43 am


    He gotta start producing results though. They can only blame the sanctions of the past up to a certain point. It’s embarrassing that a University of our size and history is only a middle of the pack Big West program.

  27. NorthShoreFan June 17, 2019 8:53 am

    Interesting that people may have an opinion that the athletes we get “aren’t D1 caliber”. I beg to differ. We get great “student athletes” who compete very well.
    Trust in the coaches.

  28. haka June 17, 2019 9:42 am

    Gonna give this a try. Hope it comes out okay.

    Here’s a look Hawaii’s Conference affiliated results

    Larry Little (Western Athletic Conference) (1976–1985)
    1976–77 Larry Little 9–18
    1977–78 Larry Little 1–26
    1978–79 Larry Little 10–17
    1979–80 Larry Little 13–14 4–10 6th
    1980–81 Larry Little 14–13 7–9 6th
    1981–82 Larry Little 17–10 9–7 4th
    1982–83 Larry Little 17–11 9–7 4th
    1983–84 Larry Little 12–16 6–10 6th
    1984–85 Larry Little 10–18 5–11 8th
    Larry Little: 103–143 40–54
    Frank Arnold (Western Athletic Conference) (1985–1987)
    1985–86 Frank Arnold 4–24 1–15 9th
    1986–87 Frank Arnold 7–21 2–14 8th
    Frank Arnold: 11–45 3–29
    Riley Wallace (Western Athletic Conference) (1987–2007)
    1987–88 Riley Wallace 4–25 2–14 9th
    1988–89 Riley Wallace 17–13 9–7 4th NIT 1st Round
    1989–90 Riley Wallace 25–10 10–6 3rd NIT 3rd Round
    1990–91 Riley Wallace 16–13 7–9 5th
    1991–92 Riley Wallace 16–12 9–7 4th
    1992–93 Riley Wallace 12–16 7–11 7th
    1993–94 Riley Wallace 18–15 11–7 4th NCAA 1st Round
    1994–95 Riley Wallace 16–13 8–10 6th
    1995–96 Riley Wallace 10–18 7–11 8th
    1996–97 Riley Wallace 21–8 12–4 1st NIT 2nd Round
    1997–98 Riley Wallace 21–9 8–6 4th NIT 3rd Round
    1998–99 Riley Wallace 6–20 3–11 7th
    1999–00 Riley Wallace 17–12 5–9 6th
    2000–01 Riley Wallace 17–14 8–8 5th NCAA 1st Round
    2001–02 Riley Wallace 27–6 15–3 1st NCAA 1st Round
    2002–03 Riley Wallace 19–12 9–9 6th NIT 2nd Round
    2003–04 Riley Wallace 21–12 11–7 5th NIT 3rd Round
    2004–05 Riley Wallace 16–13 7–11 7th
    2005–06 Riley Wallace 17–11 10–6 4th
    2006–07 Riley Wallace 18–13 8–8 5th
    Riley Wallace: 334–265 166–164
    Bob Nash (Western Athletic Conference) (2007–2010)
    2007–08 Bob Nash 11–19 7–9 5th
    2008–09 Bob Nash 13–17 5–11 8th
    2009–10 Bob Nash 10–20 3–13 9th
    Bob Nash: 34–56 15–33
    Gib Arnold (Western Athletic Conference) (2010–2012)
    2010–11 Gib Arnold 19–13 8–8 5th CIT 2nd Round
    2011–12 Gib Arnold 16–16 6–8 5th
    Gib Arnold (Big West Conference) (2012–2014)
    2012–13 Gib Arnold 17–15 10–8 5th CIT 1st Round
    2013–14 Gib Arnold 20–11 9–7 4th
    Gib Arnold: 72–55 33–31
    Benjy Taylor (Big West Conference) (2014–2015)
    2014–15 Benjy Taylor 22–13 8–8 5th
    Benjy Taylor: 22–13 8–8
    Eran Ganot (Big West Conference) (2015–present)
    2015–16 Eran Ganot 28–6 13–3 1st NCAA 2nd Round
    2016–17 Eran Ganot 14–16 8–8 5th
    2017–18 Eran Ganot 17–13 8–8 6th
    2018–19 Eran Ganot 18–13 9–7 4th
    Eran Ganot: 42–22 21–11

  29. haka June 17, 2019 9:49 am

    It seems we have been, for the most part, a middle of the pack team in conference all time..

    Coach Ganot’s totals should read:
    Eran Ganot: 67–48 38–26

  30. Andrew June 17, 2019 10:23 am


    The big difference is the middle of the pack of what conference. The Big West is a weaker conference so middle of the pack of the WAC vs middle of the pack of the Big West is quite different.

  31. Stephen Tsai June 17, 2019 10:25 am

    New post: https://www.hawaiiwarriorworld.com/?p=49944

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