The men’s basketball team will offer a preview when it plays host to Chaminade in an exhibition Wednesday night in the Stan Sheriff Center.
This has been a difficult preseason for the Rainbow Warriors. Because of a late eligibility ruling from the NCAA, guard Junior Madut won’t join the ‘Bows until January. Washington State transfer Ahmed Ali withdrew from school because of a medical condition. Five players have missed practices because of injuries, including 7-foot post Owen Hulland, who is out indefinitely. Two weeks ago, point guard Drew Buggs‘ mother died in California.
Buggs returned to Hawaii this week, and participated in Monday night’s practice.
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A week has passed and im still in disbelief. You were my whole world and I loved you so much. Thank you for being the most amazing mother i could ever ask for and loving me unconditionally. I miss you more each and everyday. You always talked about how you wanted to come watch one of my games in Hawai’i but i know now you’ll be with me every game. I love you mom watch over me and the rest of the fam. Rest In Paradise! ❤️🕊
“We’re here to support him,” said head coach Eran Ganot, who traveled to California last week to offer condolences to Buggs’ family. “It’s an incredibly difficult situation. We love him. We love his family. We support his family and Drew during this time.”
Several newcomers have had extended reps because of the shortage of practice players. Justin Webster, Jessiya Villa and Kameron Ng have taken turns at point guard. Bernardo da Silva, who is 6-9 with a 7-2 wingspan, has proven to be a confident shooter and deft ball-handler.
“He’s not shy,” Ganot said of da Silva. “He’ll let it fly. He’ll be aggressive, which is a good thing. … He’s underrated in the post. When he gets his shot, it’s hard to block because of how high his release is.”