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Post-season interview with Gib Arnold, Part II

Gib Arnold has a favorite saying when it comes to recruiting questions: “We’re always recruiting.”

In Part II of a post-season interview with Arnold posted here, the head coach of the Hawai’i basketball team addresses some recruiting questions – although per NCAA rules he is not allowed to comment on specific recruits.

“We’re recruiting both for immediate needs and for the future,” he said. “We’re recruiting from this year to next year to the following year. This time of year, the majority of what we’re doing is for the future.”

Arnold could not comment on whether he expected to sign any recruits during the upcoming signing period, which runs from April 11 to May 16. However, he did say that he and his coaching staff have a list of recruits ready in case any of the players on the current roster decide to transfer at the end of this semester.

“We’ll be ready,” Arnold said. “We’ll definitely be ready if something were to occur along those lines.”

The Warriors signed three recruits during the early period last November: Orel Lev, Caleb Dressler and Isaac Fotu.

Rumors have been circulating about Fotu’s availability for next season, but Arnold said he expects the forward from New Zealand to enroll in summer classes at UH.

“It works a little differently in New Zealand,” Arnold said. “He’s still just finishing up his senior year. There was a chance that he was going to finish early that we were hoping for, but he wasn’t able to finish in time … we hope to have him in by the second summer session of this upcoming summer.”

Arnold also addressed the issue of scheduling opponents for the 2012-13 season. He said the move to the Big West Conference could help, as there could be as many as 18 conference games next season (Hawai’i played just 14 WAC games this season).

He noted that the Rainbow Classic will return in 2012, along with the Diamond Head Classic, and those two tournaments will account for six games on the schedule (three in each tournament).

San Diego State will join the Big West in 2013-14, making it an 11-team league, creating the possibility of 20 conference games on future schedules (although some reports have stated that the Big West will try to limit its conference schedule to 14 regular-season games).

1 Comment

  1. Thanks for the Updates, Dayton !

    GOOD to Hear the Transfer Back-up List is in place …

    [These may be players like Brandon Jawato who always wanted to come; and might still decide to come whether or not a scholarship is already waiting for them; OR work out student loans like the mere mortals, with a possible promise of a future scholarship IF they hit certain individual or team targets…]

    Literally Praying for one or two more ‘Immediate” IMPACT Players

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