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Preparations for next season begin

The break for the Hawaii basketball team lasted all of spring break.

The Warriors started preparations for next season by conducting “postseason conditioning tests” this week. All the players eligible to return next season were required to participate.

“Since we had a (spring) break in between, most of the guys didn’t do anything – just beach and relax,” said sophomore Davis Rozitis, who redshirted this past season and will be eligible to play in the 2011-12 season. “It was kind of hard on Monday … but overall, we’re getting back into pace.”

Strength and conditioning manager Chris McMillan guided the workouts, timing the Warriors in various running drills – ranging from a 20-yard sprint to one mile. They players were also tested in various strength and agility drills.

Hawaii completed its season on March 19 with a loss to San Francisco in the second round of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament. Following that loss, head coach Gib Arnold gave the players some time off, including all of last week for spring break.

“Spring break was just here; seven, eight, nine days off,” McMillan said. “I didn’t expec the times to be really that fast, but I want to see the guys kind of compete and it gives me an idea of where they are in fact at.”

McMillan said the tests will be used as a gauge for off-season workouts, with each player expected to improve over the summer.

Among the standouts this week were Trevor Wiseman, Bobby Miles and Pi’i Minns in the running/agility drills, and Joston Thomas in the strength drills.

Head coach Arnold and his coaching staff were not present for the conditioning tests because they are in Houston this week for the NCAA Tournament Final Four. Arnold made recruiting stops in Europe and the Midwestern United States before heading to Houston.

4 Comments

  1. This is awesome!! Hope the fellows do what they have to do so next season we can get all crazy again….

  2. davis could be the surprise of next year. he looks very athletic. i like his rather quick feet for a seven footer. 10-15 lbs would be nice.

  3. nice video, i like these training scenes and hope to see a lot more especially when the new recruits get here, the open gym 5 on 5 was a good one to see the players compete

  4. That’s great these players are commited to challenge themselves to be better than they were last year. Coach Arnold’s energy just keeps rubbing off.:)

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