Youth camp concludes; more updates
Hawai’i basketball head coach Gib Arnold and his staff could be excused if they wanted to take this week off. They spent the previous two weeks working with dozens of youth players at the annual Hawai’i Basketball Camp.
“It went great, we had a great turnout, two good weeks,” Arnold said. “We about doubled our numbers (from last year). A lot of them are returnees, which means a lot. We had a lot of parents ask if we could do another one.”
But there is no time to rest for Arnold and his staff.
For starters, there is still one potential scholarship to fill for the upcoming 2012-13 season, and Arnold said he “is still waiting on some NCAA stuff academically.”
“We’ve got a very good idea, obviously, of who we’re looking at and just going to wait for some academic things to get cleared up and if we do that then hopefully we’ll have an announcement in the next few weeks,” he said.
Arnold said he is also looking ahead at future recruiting classes, and is preparing for a busy month of travel in July to view prospects at various tournaments.
“For most of July, I’ll be on the road recruiting as well as the rest of my staff,” he said.
The coaches are also preparing for the arrival of most of the players in early July. Only two players are currently in Hawai’i – Christian Standhardinger and Jace Tavita. Most of the other players will arrive in early July to attend summer school. Three international players (Vander Joaquim, Orel Lev and Davis Rozitis) are expected to return to Hawai’i in August.
And finally, Arnold is still in the process of searching for a new Director of Basketball Operations to replace the departed Kerry Rupp. Arnold said there is “no rush,” and he would like to select a replacement by the end of this summer.