Road trips not just about playing games
Road trips to Southern California will not be just about playing games in the Big West Conference for the Hawai’i basketball team. Head coach Gib Arnold and his staff did some scouting for recruits during the team’s trip last week, and he said it will not be a one-time thing.
“We know the area, we know there are a lot of good players in the area, and we’re here anyway, so why not,” Arnold said last week.
Two players who are already signed with Hawai’i for next season are from the Southern California area – Michael Thomas from Woodland Hills, and Stefan Jovanovic, who is originally from Serbia but currently plays at Bishop Montgomery High in Torrance.
Thomas and his father made a drive to Anaheim last week to visit the Warriors at the team hotel. “Not only do our players who live here get to see their family … we also get to see our future Warriors,” Arnold said.
One night after having dinner with the UH coaches, Thomas scored 17 points to lead El Camino Real High to a 60-42 win over Lincoln (San Diego). Thomas has emerged as the top player on an El Camino Real team that is 16-2 and ranked No. 16 in California by calhisports.com.
Jovanovic and Bishop Montgomery High won two games last week to improve to 19-0. MaxPreps.com has Bishop Montgomery ranked No. 3 in California and No. 8 in its national rankings.
Niko Filipovich, another Bishop Montgomery player, is also expected to join Hawai’i next season, although he has not signed a letter of intent.
A prospect for the class of 2014 who remains uncommitted is Evan Fitzner from Francis Parker High in San Diego. Numerous programs are recruiting Fitzner, and he said he has not narrowed his choices. However, it was probably a good sign that he and his father made the drive to Irvine last week to watch the Warriors play against UC Irvine.
“It was a really good game,” he said. “Hawai’i didn’t pull it out in the end, but I thought they played pretty good.”
Fitzner’s mother is Cheri Boyer Fitzner, a former Hawaii Rainbow Wahine volleyball All-American setter.
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Below is the latest episode of DaBeast Froductions by Davis Rozitis and Isaac Fotu from the trip to Southern California last week. It features a trip to a mall that was near the team’s hotel.
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