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After a 5,000-mile journey from his hometown of New Castle, Delaware, a tour of Kane’ohe Bay and five days of “Geography of Hawai’i” class, Isaac Fleming finally found his way onto the court at Manoa Gym Saturday night.

Fleming, a highly regarded incoming freshman for the University of Hawai’i basketball team, made his College Summer League debut by scoring six points and grabbing two rebounds to help Clark Hatch Fitness hold off National Fire Protection, 98-95. Fleming, a combo guard who is listed at 6 feet, 4 inches tall, played only five minutes in the first half and less than that in the second, but still was able to show glimpses of his scoring ability.

Shortly after entering the game in the first half, he made a nifty spin move just inside the right wing and sank a 12-foot jumper that kissed gently off the glass to give Clark Hatch a 28-25 lead. Later, after missing a pull-up jumper from 15 feet, he sank both free throws after being fouled and tied it up at 33-33 with 8:04 remaining in the half. A couple possessions later, Fleming showed his athleticism on a nice reverse layup attempt but failed to convert.

In the second half, Fleming scored on a tricky layup after a dribble-drive through traffic down the left side of the lane to put Clark Hatch ahead, 52-44, with 9:28 left in the game. He finished 2 of 6 from the field and 2 of 2 from the free throw line.

“It feels good … this is a good league, a great league,” Fleming said after the game. “It’s pretty good competition.”

Fleming signed a national letter of intent with UH last November, before averaging 20 points per game as a post-graduate senior at Massanutten Military Academy in Woodstock, Va., on the outskirts of the Washington, D.C. metropolis. His eligibility was in question until last month, however, when he finally achieved a qualifying ACT score.

“It was good to get that off my shoulders,” Fleming said.

Fleming arrived in Honolulu on July 6 and soon after received his first surfing lesson from incoming freshman walk-on Zach Buscher, an ‘Iolani School graduate who rode with Fleming on the family boat out to the Kane’ohe Sand Bar.

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Fleming said he was able to catch his own wave and stand up on the board.

“It was fun,” he said.

Now, it’s back to work on the hardwood. Most of the UH players are out of town, but besides Buscher, Fleming said he has also met Dyrbe Enos and Michael Thomas and has been working out and playing pick-up ball every day at UH. One of Fleming’s Clark Hatch teammates, former UH standout Phil Martin, scored three points and grabbed three rebounds Saturday.

Thomas, who is listed on the roster for National Fire Protection, did not show.

In the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader, Enos scored 18 points, grabbed five rebounds, dished out four assists and made two steals to help Solar Energy hold off Wealth Strategy Partners, 89-86. Enos was 7 of 13 from the field, including 1 for 3 from beyond the arc, and 3 of 6 from the free throw line.

Enos, who had drained 15 total 3-pointers in his past three games, showed off a new aspect to his repertoire by dropping four soft floaters, each from about 12 feet out — two bankers from the right side and two from just inside the free throw line. He is now averaging 17.3 points per game.

Former UH point guard Miah Ostrowski scored seven points, dished three assists, grabbed two rebounds and made one steal for Wealth Strategy Partners.

Aukai Wong, a former standout at Hilo High and UH-Hilo, continued to impress with 30 points for Solar Energy, and Rashaun Broadus (Mililani/Brigham Young) scored a team-high 24 points in dazzling fashion for Wealth Strategy.

Summer League action continues Thursday with National Fire Protection vs. Chosen Few at 6 p.m., followed by Clark Hatch Fitness vs. Grantco Pacific at 7:30. Thursday’s doubleheader is scheduled to be played at Manoa Recreation Center’s newer gym.

(Photos courtesy Brandon Flores/www.brandonfloresphotography.com)

23 Comments

  1. Nice write up and description of how Flemings played. Can anyone else add? -thanks

  2. Isaac, Welcome to Hawai’i and the Manoa hardcourts,
    Good on the ACT (whew) and
    Glad you had a good/great First Week in Hawai’i
    We’re looking foreword to a solid UH Career
    with consistent Big Wins and Championships…

    Keep Adding to your Game, Dyrbe
    i think the BW is gonna know your name

    Mahalo for the Coverage, Wes!
    and Photos, Brandon!

  3. Tako, you should google “Hawaii College Summer League” where you can watch videos of all the games (usually available by the next day).

    Isaac did show his athleticism last night in a limited role. I like his smoothness of movement and quickness, which will be of help to the UH MBB team both offensively and defensively. Hopefully, he will get more minutes in the future games.

    Drybe’s offense is looking great! Like the addition of his floater!

  4. tako:

    maybe some who were there will posts comments. From his YouTube video hilites, looks like a guy who can get to rim, That is what BM posted, a driver. In 10 minutes hard to show what can do. Like that he go a blocked shot! That is something that is needed defense. Southpaw, leftie, that is advantage, MIke T. too, left hand to block shots like Bill Amis, …
    And 2 for 2 at FT line, was key, I think it contributed to a very close win, that last 3 pointer shot by teammate.

    Eagle, tako, too bad Bobbitt hurt, and rehabbing, I am sure with he and Fleming at 100% , I believe they are go to the rim guys, penetrate and big guards. If they can, or really they have to hit the mid range to 3 line, when teams zone them, UH with Smith and Nevels, that four man guard or more, rotation, could be really tough in BWC, if everything comes together. Have to wait till November to

    see how UH new and old mesh. Looks like the talent level, 3 star Fleming, 3 star Negus , 3 star Janks, and we have to see Mike T. another 3 star talent level.. Should be great, alongside all the other guys. Q and Nevels doing well in their Cali summer leagues, Fotu on Tall Blacks National Team, UH has a lot of POTENTIAL.. we wait and see, exciting yes? Just a few weeks back, things were kind of blurry, now more clear…

  5. mraloha777:

    Manoa Summer League..hard workers..yes that site , whoever running, fantastic job. The videos are uploaded over nite, and the two games last nite are there. Fleming did not play too much, has athleticism, a leftie, He and Bobbitt have to play that Gib emphasized Defense, which I am sure if they are going to PT a lot, they will. Would be nice to see Mike T., however, that guy is doing a lot of school, what a great student, trying to get ahead in tough classes preparing for this upcoming season.

    Wow, according, to Wes, writeup above, ACT, Isaac just passed this past June, I guess with all incoming, Bobbitt, Fleming, Stepteau, , and hopefully Reyes, he social, says ready to get started college career, has to get compliant, get ncaa clearinghouse, academics whatever, in order to be here.
    That is still my, and a lot of other UH WI MBB fans, wish list, Gib can see Sammis here by fall, and perhaps a ready to play 6’9″ paint, post player, would be great ending to summer!

  6. UH MBB shaping up,

    tako, Eagle, mraloha777(love that name!), and UH MBB faithful. per SA BM’s article, UH he hears, close to securing Sengue Carey, great recruiting assistant coach. Hope they get him on the staff. That really opens up more contacts for recruiting pipeline, and hope that Sengue loves the developing UH MBB ohana, and the Hawaii culture, really unique!
    🙂

  7. Thanks guys, checked out the video on summer league website. Looks like Isaac about 6′ 3″. With the limited action and first time playing he showed previews of the future. Liked his quickness and handles. With the style of play wish someone would have U of H players focus on “defense,” both one on one and reading passing lanes.

  8. Went to the game and thought Isaac did pretty good for a freshman in a mans league. Like his height for a point guard. But needs to gain weight. Will be pushed around on defense. But he is sneaky fast probably because not a whole lot of wasted movement. He has good handle and needs to get accustomed to a faster game. I think he will improve the more he plays in the summer league. Limited minutes was about right. He made tip off, but just barely. Minutes will increase when he and the older guys get used to each other. I think because this team has been together for a while, Isaac needs to make the adjustment more. Like Sham did last year. But I like his skill set and he will definitely be in the mix this year. Needs to work on his shooting. Not sure he ever got warmed up though.

    All in all, on showing for 1st game.

  9. Sorry: All in all, good showing for 1st game.

  10. in this league everyone played together for years so newcomers especially UH ballers get limited action….from that limited action looks good for a freshman…only 6’3ish but long arms and still will grow

  11. KInd of reminds me of, though he is older as prep school grad at 20, of Gerry Blakes. Blakes was super thin, but had that smooth all around game. Give him time, at about 190 good if he gains 5 -7 pounds of muscle, pretty sure with good MBB food table, he can, hit the weights too. like Fotu and Sammis. As BM says, Fleming is a whole different, mold, see if his team, they are winning, and if coach gives him 20 minutes or more to play, pretty sure, he is so 3 star athlete, that he will score more, get more assists, rebounds, blocked shots and steal. He is a good , tall guard. More explosive to the rim, and as hfan and others, warriorhaw, stated, he has length. Same with Bobbitt, when healthy at 6’3″ and solid 200 lbs., Fleming and he, a new breed of athletic guards. Still say at

    this point, Nevels and Q are beasting it, getting faster, stronger, smarter, more athletic, going against some, NBA current pros, they will be the two guards who would start. With Bobbitt and Fleming in the mix. You have, Filipovich and Dyrbe as backups, with Enos being able to bomb threes, and throw, Jawato, if he gets stronger, aggressive O and D, at the SF position, and streak 3 ball shooting. No wonder, Gib could pass on Harville, Tyler was small, and it would take him time as walkon. Gib has at least 6 guards and wing Jawato, who will be a super deep rotation..

    Gib just has to lock down one more PF, and UH, with Sammis in, will be BWC top echelon ready.. This team, Gib’s most, athletic, on O and hopefully D, with Fotu, Nevels, Smith, Valdes, Enos, Jawato, Thomas, Jovanovich, having played together last year. UH MBB team is going to blow up in BWC play..Still wish Gib and Ben Jay, will get some monster team to fill in for loss of FGCU,
    One of the Maui Classic teams, before or after Maui Classic, offer them, some good deal…

  12. BUT Maybe NOT (?) TWO Games on Maui…

    Such a Commute for us,
    and to a Small, Likely Sold Out, Gym…

    OC-16 — PLAN NOW To Televise!
    Get on ’em, BJ!
    A Good Televised Maui-Game VS PITT could Earn UHBB a Few Hundred Fans….

    I PREFER to Play a few Better Teams…
    BUT We Would Show Up for a Second Intra-Squad Scrimmage…
    Hawai’i Fans Slow…Take A LONG Time to Recognize a Good Team…

  13. Eagle, Hope Ben peeks at our posts, maybe, maybe not,….I think he does.. the social media AD super kine!
    Hmmmm….Still that before or after Maui Classic game with Mizzou, would top MY personal list, UH MBB and Gib vs. the need to a better fit Sham and the SEC tigers.
    Played in Wailuku?
    UH and Gib, I believe, he was working on getting Mizzou here, however, you know how it is, sometimes the want the moon and the outer planets!
    Hmmm…Arizona, …a game on Maui, a few days after UH’s game, or after the Maui Classic, UH could spend a week in Maui, however, the faithful 4000 at SSC, they are dying for great games in Honolulu. Too, Bad that Great Lanai island majority owner, if he was converted to UH supporter, man he could donate monies to UH ADept. and UH could host any top 25 team in the country. To the naysayers, and we are probably both disappointed in overall schedule.. since Riley’s last years, it was getting harder, bottom line the BCS schools, lose lose situation, they don’t like the travel, though great recruiting tool, and they CAN LOSE… definitely UH and Gib’s teams even on the road against MIZZOU last year, they can compete and Beat most any team in the country now.

    Anyways, this will be another chance for Gib/Benjy and Ben Jay helping out big time, to get a GOOD game, preferably at the SSC… with , I hope Gonzaga, St Marys or Seattle U. roop, roop, or , would Arizona come here before or after Maui… Or Tom Izzo want to try one more time get win in Hawaii, remember last time?
    Ahhhh, all that Gib and we fans care about, #1 UH wins regular season-NIT auto #2 UH wins BWC tourney – NCAA tourney.!
    Go Bows…
    And very soon, welcome Sengue Carey, seems like close to done deal, according to BM we shall see, Eagle ….Carey, can recruit some good athletes, hope the right fit… Even Fleming wants more PT in summer, has to be on time, be humble, and work with whatever team he is on.. that is Hawaii thing, no attitude guys, the HC’s local guys, want team, and humble guys, first, and be on time… then they will PT plenty.
    Fleming, Stepteau, Thomas, and Enos, should have interesting rest of summer, also Buscher. too!

  14. Verbal Commits is reporting that Jeremiah Worthem has been offered a scholarship by Hawaii.

    The 2.7*, 6’6″, 215# Combo Forward from Philadelphia played at Division l school Robert Morris University. He averaged about 9 points and 5 rebounds per game and was twice the Northeast Conference Player of the Week during his frosh season.

    It also goes onto say that he was a part of 4 players that were put on suspension in January for one year for breaking university policies. NCAA rules state that any transfer to another Dl school would have to honor that suspension for the year and could not even practice with that team until served.

    He is considering playing for Indian Hills Community College but had over 10 college scholarship offers coming out of prep school.

  15. Backbeat at least gib is on recruiting mode…one thing that one year suspension. ?.kind of throws up red flag..what do you all think..? Well..he would go to jc one yesr so maybe get on track..

    maybe sengue carey if on board as assistant can bring in a ready to play high character guy..
    jmo..

  16. Not sure why UH would want a 6’6 guy, plus need to sit out one year. Unless they are thinking that Sammis might not make it to UH. Plus if Worthem was suspended for breaking university policies that doesn’t sit to well. But we don’t know all the circumstances. At least his last name is not Thomas. Even so are we rolling the dice here on a talented player with question marks?

  17. What gib needs…great student athletes..not qestion marks..gib has taken chance on some transfers that helped his team..
    even we know if sammis not in..
    SF. and PF if 2 scholarships open..if the guy considering indian hills good for him..
    unless..servante ..we don’ t know whole story..verbal commit site has been wrong in past..

    come on gib get agood PF..and if needed a great SF with no baggage..
    otherwise..here we go again..
    sengue carey hope they get you signed soon..supposed to be good recruiter..

  18. I am concerned about Sammis Reyes now. Maybe when Dayton comes back from well deserved vacation/break/hiatus, he could ask….
    Please Dayton, when you return to WI MBB site, would you be able to interview Gib and see what exactly is the status of Sammis? Is he working to ACT qualify, entry to UH, or ncaa international athlete clearing house, like many foreign student athletes before him at UH, know it does take a lot of paperwork

    Remember fans, as recent as last summer late, guys like Harper, Fotu, were having issues with VISA to get back into USA and UH. wonder, if Sammis has a lot of paperwork, and getting cleared, maybe even student visa? Gib would know. Either, he would say, Sammis will be fine. He could not get into summer session which is unfortunate, however, when he gets things in order he will join us in the Fall. He will be fine. Fans, those are just my wishful thinking. hoping Gib will say that, kind of sound like him? 🙂
    I guess, following Gib’s career here, I know his inflections, his speech, and thought, and his values, One Ohana, stand and fight Mantra. High Character kids. And now, fully compliant, learn from mistakes, and come back stronger. Great life lessons.

    So, Dayton, if you can, interview with Gib. ON status of Sammis Reyes, will he be with UH this year or still, big question.

    As past UH coaches, with recruits that could not make it, they would issue statement. However, been silent of the Sammis front.
    Will pose to BM too.

  19. Kia ora…Mālō e lelei… and aye, hello….Tonganator and Ohana!

    I was just curious. We belive Isaac is a legitimate 6’8″ and 235 pounds at end of his Soph, all BWC year. Do the Tall Blacks, weigh and measure Isaac?
    If so, do you know how tall Isaac is, had he grown?
    And how much does he weigh, through instagram, he put on a lot of muscle, must be Good cooking , Tongan food, and poke bowls made up by Grandma Fotu!

    I think Sammis Reyes, if he can get into UH, hoping so, he has things to clear first, Sammis and Isaac Fotu could be weight lifting buddies, both of them are ripped. If Isaac Fotu is 6’8″ 245 lbs of quick super strong and spider hands to secure the ball, finger roll, rebound, block shots, mid range to 3 ball, and assists, he and Sammis, sort of similar game. although Sammis, is trying to be more of a 2 guard, a shooting guard and 3 man or Small forward. They, both look in photos, they spend a
    lot of time in the weight room. They are the Hawaii Hulks!

    Take care Tonganator, apologize, I had to google, greeting in Maori and Tongan, and what Isaac said a few years, back, aye, aye, okaye,..Great young man, you are very proud of your kids., They are so soft spoken and humble, from Isaac to Ella on down to youngest Rugby star!

    Mahalo Tongnator(still love that name!!)

  20. Aloha playhoopsa. Isaac had a good game last night for the Tall Blacks against South Korea. They are having 3 games test series. He came off the bench played 20 minutes, got 12 RB (6 offense) scored 8/10. He was playing the 3 position. I watched him at trial and he can knock the 3s down consistently.

    I am not sure if he is grown or not but listed as 6’8” and has put on about 15 pounds of mucsle.

    We will get to see him when they play the 3rd test here in Auckland (2 games outside Auckland). Also Daniel will be playing the curtain raiser before Isaac’s game and both games televised on our national sports TV.

    Very good attempts on the greetings. 🙂

    Mahalo

  21. Gib not saying what’s up with Sammis. Brian would know, if anyone would know.

  22. No Sammis , so far , he still has to go through admissions process.

  23. boy: I guess, NO NEWS, is good news, and islandman, yes, I asked BM point blank if he knew what Status of Sammis is, BM is very good too, he will get the answer and Dayton gets the real time video speak

    Sammis did say a lot of ncaa stuff, a lot, however confident he would get in by start of fall school. So we have to leave that spot LOI as still filled by great monster 3/4 man.

    Now, if Gib can sign up ,and lock down Sengue Carey as assistant, heard the young guy is a key recruiter. Man if he could get the late get, or international, or under radar late qualifier, and bring that 4/5 man with him ready to play, and FITS HAWAII and Gib.. that would be AWESOME..

    Ahhhh, like everything, just have to be Patient, only July …we just love the UH hoops news!

    And Tonganator, mahalo for latest on Isaac Fotu, he is going to have great experience with Tall Blacks, only make him better for Jr season with UH, then can continue towards his pro career dream!

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