Meet the scout team
The future of the Hawaii basketball program is on display every day in practice. For now, that’s where it has to stay – in practice.
The scout team for this year’s Warriors features six players: Tyler Brown, Brandon Jawato, Orel Lev, Pii Minns, Christian Standhardinger and Jace Tavita.
Four of them (Jawato, Lev, Standhardinger and Tavita) are redshirt players for the 2011-12 season, and thus will not be eligible to play in games until next season. This season, their job is to simulate the upcoming opponents during practices.
“We take on the role of the other team just to get the guys ready (for games),” said Tavita, who is considered the captain of the scout team
Tavita normally takes on the role of point guard; Jawato, Minns and the recently-added Lev rotate at the wings; Brown and Standhardinger take care of the post.
Perhaps as might be expected, the Warrior starters “win” the practice sessions on most days. But every so often, the scout team is able to pull off an upset – which upsets head coach Gib Arnold enough to send the starters on a series of extra sprints.
Arnold has high expectations for some of the scout players, going so far as stating that Standhardinger “has a chance to be our best player next year.”