Rozitis returns; Valdes expected to join soon
Let the fun begin … Davis Rozitis is back with the Hawai’i basketball team.
Rozitis, a 7-foot junior forward, returned to Honolulu on Wednesday after spending the summer in his home country of Latvia. He is the last of the returnees from last season to make it back on the Manoa campus for this season.
“I spent my whole summer in Latvia, working out,” he said. “It was a pretty good summer.”
Rozitis spent several weeks training with Latvia’s national team before “a mutual cut.”
“I couldn’t stay for the whole time and it wasn’t good for them or me,” he said. “We just agreed with the coach that I was going to come (to Hawai’i).”
His return adds another piece to an impressive array of post players for the Warriors. Rozitis, returning all-conference center Vander Joaquim, junior Christian Standhardinger, and freshmen Caleb Dressler and Isaac Fotu will all be battling for playing time in the post.
“It’s great, it’s really competitive,” Rozitis said. “Guys are playing hard … I’m excited for the upcoming season.”
Rozitis played a key reserve role last season, and earned all-academic recognition. He said he will again have an interesting course load, including conflict resolution and mediation classes. He also plans to coach youth basketball players for a community service class.
And yes, he said he will again be providing behind-the-scenes video – also known as “DaBeast Films” – just like he did last season.
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California prep recruit Aaron Valdes will be joining the Warriors for the 2012-13 season, although it is not quite official yet.
Valdes, an athletic 6-foot-5 guard/forward, arrived in Honolulu on Thursday night – assumingly so he can enroll in classes at UH and participate in pre-season workouts with the other Warriors. He did not arrive in time to participate in the open gym session on Thursday.
Hawai’i head coach Gib Arnold declined to comment. Per NCAA rules, coaches cannot comment on a recruit until the player has signed a scholarship agreement or the player is enrolled in classes.
Valdes averaged around 19 points and 11 rebounds per game last season at La Jolla Prep School (San Diego, Calif.).
WarriorInsider.com will have more on Valdes when his roster spot with the Warriors becomes official. For now, here is a highlight video from last season: