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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.

4 Comments

  1. Yes fellow MBB fans, it appears that last player they are waiting on, wants to commit to Hawaii..guess that would be Aaric Armstead..? They are awaiting academics clearance..man it would be something if it wasn’t Aaric, and some other HS gem..a super athletic wing! Either way, great suspense…wait and see, Gib will get em signed! He was right , they want to make super sure guys they have recruited FULLY qualify,,yeah, Gib and staff learned..so UH MBB is on the upswing!!

  2. And Coach Gib Arnold: Great job with the youth basketball camps..fantastic support, and another session in august, that is great..I was watching video of young players…you are right they have skills, find the open man, make shots, handle ball, like mini NBA wannabes..great sign..in next half dozen to 10 years , wow, could be great recruiting out of Hawaii, maybe with growth of kids and changing demographics..maybe..a 6’10″ big or 6’6″ wing or 6’2″ point or combo..all from Hawaii, and coach Gib would be coaching them down the road..Fantastic..thanks Gib to you your staff and your wife and Family,..good job!!!

  3. Trying to remember, let’s see , …SAT scores, GPA, and required core subjects passed..Could it be Aaric or some other HS player, needed to attend early summer school? Maybe the dreaded Algebra II? Know it happened to a fellow HS classmate..had everything in order, except, the required course to enter Manoa..Maybe , ? either way if it is you Aaric , do well , we sure would want to see you as a Warrior!!

  4. ….Lookin’ Forward to More Good, Maybe Great, News…Soon?

    Score High, Pass, Qualify, Enroll, Make A Difference…

    Make some Team History…

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