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Quincy Smith’s signing with Hawai’i is now official


After a slight delay, the National Letter of Intent signed by Quincy Smith has been declared official by University of Hawai’i officials.

Smith, a 6-foot-1 point guard at City College of San Francisco, actually signed the letter of intent during his official recruiting visit to Hawai’i more than two weeks ago. However, the official announcement was held until today because some of the paperwork remained under review.

Here is the press release from the UH Media Relations Department:

HONOLULU – University of Hawai`i men’s basketball coach Gib Arnold announced the program’s third commitment during the spring signing period. Quincy Smith of City College of San Francisco signed a National Letter of Intent and will join the team for the 2013-14 season.

Smith, a 6-0 point guard, will have three years of eligibility with the Rainbow Warriors. The native of Antioch, Calif., helped lead CCSF to a 31-1 record for the season, including the program’s first-ever undefeated regular-season (28-0). Smith earned first-team all-conference honors as freshman while leading the Rams in assists (3.6 apg) and steals (2.3 spg). He also averaged 9.1 ppg, while shooting 46 0 percent s from the field, 74.2 percent from the free throw line and 28.6 percent on 3-pointers.

“I believe the most important stat for point guards is wins, “Arnold said. “Quincy won more games then any point guard for the No. 1 ranked team in California. He is an outstanding defender, plays with great control and makes his teammates better. He’s quick and athletic and an outstanding student. With three years of eligibility, he’s another great addition to our team.”

Prior to attending CCSF, Smith played the 2011-12 season at La Jolla Prep, where he was a teammate of current Rainbow Warrior Aaron Valdes, a redshirt this past season. Smith is the third player to sign with the Rainbow Warriors during the late signing period. The team already received commitments from Missouri transfer Negus Webster-Chan and Garrett Nevels out of Mt. San Antonio (Calif.) College.

“I felt that after our initial year in the Big West we needed to get deeper and more athletic on the perimeter,” Arnold said. “Garrett and Quincy are both very quick and athletic and two of the best junior college guards in California. Along with Negus, we’ve definitely achieved our goal of improving our depth and athleticism for years to come.”

This year’s recruiting class also includes early signees Stefan Jovanovic and Michael Thomas, a pair of California prepsters.

In addition, Arnold announced the departure of junior guard Garrett Jefferson. Jefferson served as one of the team’s top defensive players in his two seasons with the Rainbow Warrriors after transferring from Citrus College in California. The native of Lakewood, Calif., provided one of the most memorable moments of this past season with his game-winner at the buzzer to lift UH over Cal State Fullerton.

“Garrett approached us and explained his desire to find a team where he will be able to play more minutes his final year,” Arnold said. “Garrett has been one of my most favorite players here at UH. Although he did not play a lot minutes he always had a great attitude. He has been an excellent student and teammate and we all hope he has success at his next stop.”

2013-14 Recruiting Class
Stefan Jovanovic, 6-10, 235, C, Fr., Belgrade, Serbia., Bishop Montgomery High School
Garrett Nevels, 6-2, 180, G, Jr., Los Angeles, Calif., Mount San Antonio (Calif.) College
Quincy Smith, 6-0, 170, G, So., Antioch, Calif., City College of San Francisco
Michael Thomas, 6-6, 200, F, Fr., Woodland Hills, Calif., El Camino Real High School
Negus Webster-Chan, 6-7, 200, G, So., Scarborough, Ontario, University of Missouri


  1. Breathe a sigh of relief Warrior fans! This years recruiting class is finally officially complete. I believe they are all awesome gets, proven winners. I strongly believe this class will help get us over the hump and into the NCAA/NIT. Big West is going DOWN!!

  2. Greewood’s OUT!! Yes , please bring back Mortimer ,the hardest working president UH ever had, humble, integrity, and he did it without a chancellor to boot!!

  3. Great news! One thing , huge and important for UH MBB program for this year and coming years, The APR rating for this final Semester Spring 2013.

    Isaac and fans, we have to hold our collected breaths that ALL the UH MBB student athletes, do well on finals, have great GPA, and get a good APR. It would be devastating if these 5 recruits have to come into program with sanctions hanging over their heads. Poor APR and possible loss of scholarships and/or post season ban.

    The APR , the final tally for this 2012-13 season is so crucial. Isaac, we have to wait and see, will the athletes, returnees to the guys leaving, do super well in school, to close out Spring 2013 semester. Hopefully Vander, at least completes Spring semester with good grades and is on track to graduate, summer or later.

    If UH MBB has good APR, then….this season’s recruiting , and the potential for next few years will be awesome!!

    Welcome aboard Quincy, Garrett Nevels, Negus Webster-Chan, Stefan Jovanovich and Micahel Thomas!

    Hope UH MBB team 2012-13 edition gets it done on their finals, and completes all of their courses for this academic year. Isaac , it is the ACADEMIC final four for the MBB team and program, hope they studied and trained mentally, emotionally and physcially got enough rest and nutrition, and get great grades.

    Hope for the best Fans. APR good. Team will be really good! Come on guys , you have to get it done on your finals!


  4. unless valdes gets a scholie…don’t we have one more scholie?

    whateva happened to blakes, biggs, and stevens, you know the plural boys.

  5. Blakes was a freshman the past season (can’t recall school) and I think was his team’s leading scorer or right up there. I think Stevens had a couple of sub-par years at a JC; don’t think he even started. Not sure what happened to Biggs.

  6. Arnold’s words “we have two of the best jc guards in cali”…..so with that being said we’re gonna win the BW

  7. The Job ain’t done ’til the paperwork’s complete (and accepted)…

    Welcome Aboard Quincy — Great Cap to a very good recruiting class…
    Adding Depth and even talent to every position…

    2.6 and Better for the Whole Team would be a Good (or Great) Finish to This Season/Semester !

  8. UH is going to have a very athletic lineup next season. I think Gib turns up the tempo now that Vander, Hauns, and Tavita are gone. Vander was a plodder, Hauns and Tavita didn’t have much foot speed.

    Smith, Shamburger, Spearman, Valdes, Thomas, Nevels, Standhardinger, Rozitis, and Fotu can all run.

    All I can say is that UH is in very good shape for the next couple years. Once NWC enters the mix in 2014-15, the team is going to be awesome. Just need to find another PF in next year’s class.

  9. Hey TEAM,
    Everyone on this promising, athletic 2013-2014 season _
    Run, run, run.. will be very much expected rather than exception for any game!
    Coaches know and, you all know that strong & fast legs plus determination, hustle
    are the determinant that warrant the amount of PT for each individual (fair & square toward winning), so
    Ask not what PT I should deserve? But ask yourself that how good & ready you are for action!
    Enjoy this “Basketball In Paradise” experience!!!

  10. Hoping and praying for this years APR to make the cut!! Seems to be quite critical, I can’t imagine what would happen if we lost a scholarship and/or post-season play.

    On the topic of Gerry Blakes…his ineligibility was probably a blessing in disguise. He plays for San Bernadino (CC), and although he doesn’t start, it seems as though he gets a ton of minutes. That being said, his last game was a loss to up and comer Garret Nevels and the Mt. San Antonio squad. Blakes came off the bench to play 32 minutes, but had just 5 points on 1 – 12 (8%!) shooting (including 0 – 5 from 3), grabbed 6 boards, 3 assists, and 2 steals. Meanwhile, Nevels had a game high 22 points on 8 of 17 (47%) shooting, along with 7 boards, 2 assists and 1 steal. I’m loving this trade-off, and believe it’s a sign of (more) good things to come for the UH b-ball program! I think Nevels is legit, and he was my #1 choice as far as recruits went (even over Allen, who btw had 17pts on 7-12 shooting, along with 3 reb, 5 ast, and 2 steals in the aforementioned contest). With all the recruits now official, we can officially say we will be a force to reckoned with next year in conference play.

    Oh, and SO glad Greenwood is GONE. Talk about CORRUPT!! GoodBYE and GOOD RIDDANCE!

  11. actually not that much different.

    This year, they didn’t use all of the scholarship allocation. Also losing a scholie for APR purposes has occurred in the program in the past. Riley lost one during the Jared Dillinger years, and the Star Ad. reported that in Nash’s first year, they lost two scholarships because of APR issues.

    But the whole thing on APR issues in the media is totally overblown and more importantly, premature. There are a ton of issues to work through before there can be any real sense on what the real outlook is, and the fact that the media has seemingly become obsessed with this issue is irresponsible, if you ask me. Bush league.

  12. mid-range game:

    Good observations on APR. Yes, I recall Riley Wallace’s loss of scholarship. Bob Nash tenure, I know, some guys didn’t make it through school. I know another media newspaper writer alluded to, it would have to be worst case scenario for UH MBB program to get hit with either loss of scholarship or postseason ban for 2014-15 or beyond. Interesting how, AD is going after points that went with Shaq Stokes when he transferred.

    We have to trust what MBB coaches are doing. It is sad that guys move on, however, I always wondered why Gib would offer to 5 pretty decent STUDENTS and ATHLETES for this 2013-14 season if they knew they would get hit hard(i.e. possible post season ban next season). Probably, it is a situation that all mid majors are dealing with, make absolutely sure APR, retention and graduation of student athletes is a priority. And winning. It is a tough thing to do, have to satisfy, AD and the fans, by winning, however, have to win with athletes that stay the course. Stick with UH through graduation.

    I hope for the best! We know that this season, UH MBB program is safe. No sanctions, so we look forward to a definite upgrade in athletic talent, Hope the new guys have as much heart and character of guys like Ozi, Roop, Garrett Jefferson, those guys stuck it out through end of Spring Semester, and all attended the April Awards Banquet, which shows what type of young guys they are! We, wish them the best, and hope all 12 scholarship players from last season do well in school. And if Vander, you are going to class, hopefully, do well, and work towards that diploma for your mom!

    Isaac and Mid Range Game, should be exciting year with the athletes coming in . Hope they bond and play as a team. As FUHA says, the speed and quicks of returnees and new guys should uptempo UH’s game on offense and defense. Can’t wait for summer league!!


    Mid Range. P.S. (I don’t know why some columnists point towards APR so much, we know important. just my guess, some media type, and a portion of fanbase, are at odds with staff. Too Bad. Gib has to go out and win a lot of games, and go NIT or NCAA’s, that would quiet a lot of naysayers!!)

  13. IRRESPONSIBLE, Slanted, Incomplete and Un-Balanced Lowest-Grade Yellow “Journalism”…
    Hopefully Does Not ʻSell” Papers, Most People Smarter than that? Instead, Cancels Subscriptions…

    The APR Repetitious “NON-News” Incessant Sky-Falling Reports, Ranks Up There with the Continuous and Repetitious:

    – “UHAD Operating in The Red Again”; and

    – “Renewals are Down”

    [100% Renewal is a Theoretical and Unlikely Break-Even; People Move Away, and even Die —
    HOW Can Renewals go UP before New Sales are Factored IN, Usually Later when Season Ticket Sales are Opened Up to the General Public?]

    I DO Like Ben Jay getting Pro-Active with NCAA Waivers….
    Donʻt Wait ʻtil youʻre in Need or in Trouble…

  14. Gerry Blakes had a strong year leading his team in scoring while coming off the bench but he did stuggle against eventual champs Mt. SAC but so did everyone else. Which leads me to believe that nevels is a legit player. Mt. SAC also gave Quincy Smith’s san fran team its ONLY loss of the season so that speaks volumes for both JUCO players we picked up.
    Ronnie Stevens will probably do better when he goes D1. JUCO is really, really guard oriented so bigs don’t put up monster numbers. I believe vander averaged like 8 pts and 6 boards in JUCO…

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