Two fourth-year Rainbow Warriors — post Zigmars Raimo and Drew Buggs — have been named captains for the 2019-2020 season.
Head coach Eran Ganot described the selection as a “joint process” involving players’ input and leadership criteria.
Raimo, a 6-8 senior from Latvia, has expanded his game from a being a low-post dweller to a stretch-four creator. He said he has worked on outside shooting, left-handed drives, and perimeter passing. During his freshman season, Raimo weighed as much as 252 pounds. He said he now is 227.
“He’s one of the toughest players in the league, one of the most improved players,” Ganot said. “He stands out to (teammates) as the guy you want to watch in terms of how he goes to work every day.”
Raimo expressed appreciation for the designation, and said he wants to emulate former captains Mike Thomas and Gibson Johnson as a leader.
Buggs is a fourth-year junior from Long Beach. This training camp, Buggs has played the point, off guard and wing. He also has improved his shooting accuracy, noticeably from 3-point range.
“It’s an honor to be a captain at the University of Hawaii,” Buggs said. “I’m going to try to live up to it each and every day.”
The Warriors are set for their annual Green & White Scrimmage at the Stan Sheriff Center on Saturday. Tipoff is at 1 p.m. There is no admission charge. The ‘Bows have been short-handed at practice. Center Owen Hulland and guard Ahmed Ali are among the players who have been held out of practices because of ailments.