Updates from associate coach Benjy Taylor
The Hawai’i basketball team is preparing for “a really big weekend” as several recruits are scheduled to make visits to the Manoa campus.
Hawai’i associate coach Benjy Taylor, who also serves as the team’s recruiting coordinator, said: “This is a really big weekend. Starting (Thursday) night we got some young men coming in who could be very, very good for us. They’re all athletic and talented and can score the basketball. They’re all very good young men, good student-athletes who will fit in well with what we do here.”
Per NCAA rules, Taylor could not mention any names, and he did not even want to specify how many recruits would be visiting this weekend and how many the Warriors would like to sign. However, he did say that the program is seeking specific types of players for next season.
“We want to be a lot better defensively next year and we want to get out and play a little faster, so we need to be a little deeper,” he said. “We already got some returning guys who are pretty good at that, but we need a couple more guys in order to play the way we want to play and that’s athletic and fast on both ends of the floor.”
Taylor said a typical recruiting visit includes a tour of the facilities – both athletic and academic – as well as meetings with academic advisors. Of course, it also includes some beach time and local dining.
“Get them some plate lunches, show them around Hawai’i, show them around Waikiki,” Taylor said.
Hawai’i head coach Gib Arnold has been in Europe since last week, scouting future recruits. He is expected to return to Honolulu on Thursday to meet with the visiting recruits.
Arnold has provided surfing lessons for past recruits. If the head coach is delayed in his return from Europe, Taylor said he is ready to fill in … sort of.
“I’ll do what ever I have to do,” Taylor said. “I might have a tire on and the (inflatable) swim arms, but if I have to get out there with them, I’ll get out there.”