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UPDATED: Historic season for Hawai’i ends with NCAA second round loss to Maryland

#5 Maryland defeats #13 UH in the second round of the 2016 NCAA Basketball Tournament at Spokane Veteran's Arena, Spokane, WA on March 20, 2016. Photo: Brandon Flores.

SPOKANE, Wash. — In this part of the Great Northwest and NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, cold fronts can come quickly and without warning, and it can be a game-changer.

The University of Hawai’i learned that the hard way Sunday afternoon, as a seven-minute spell of cold shooting midway through the second half opened the door for Maryland to zoom past the Rainbow Warriors, 73-60, and bring an end to UH’s memorable and record-setting season.

A capacity crowd of 11,296 at the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena watched Melo Trimble score a game-high 24 points and grab eight rebounds and Diamond Stone and Rasheed Sulaimon each add 14 points as the Terrapins — seeded No. 5 in the South Region — improved to 27-8 and advance to Thursday’s Sweet 16 matchup against top-seeded Kansas in Louisville, Ky.

Mike Thomas scored 19 points and grabbed 11 boards, Stefan Jankovic added 14 points and eight rebounds and Quincy Smith finished with 11 points, four rebounds and four assists to lead the Rainbow Warriors, whose season ends at a school all-time best mark of 28-6. Hawai’i was the No.13 seed in the South Region, and playing in the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the fist time in program history.

“Indicative, we fought to the end,” said Eran Ganot, UH’s first-year coach. “This group’s got a lot of fight, just very proud of them for what they have done. It’s hard, I don’t get to coach them again. But it’s a great group to coach — the adversity over the course of the last couple years …”

The final adversity — a stalwart Maryland defense and a seven-minute second-half stretch without a field goal — proved too much to overcome.

#5 Maryland defeats #13 UH in the second round of the 2016 NCAA Basketball Tournament at Spokane Veteran's Arena, Spokane, WA on March 20, 2016. Photo: Brandon Flores.

Hawai’i led for most of the first half and was up, 41-39, after Smith’s layup with 11:21 remaining in the game, but that would be the Rainbow Warriors’ last field goal for the next 7 minutes, 29 seconds. Maryland took advantage of the drought to run off 14 straight points during one run, building a commanding 53-41 lead after Robert Carter’s three-point play with 8:26 left.

The Terrapins extended it to 57-43 on Trimble’s two free throws with 5:56 remaining, and UH could not get closer than 10 points the rest of the way.

“I’ll give credit to Maryland’s defense,” Jankovic said. “It was tough, but we (also) didn’t make shots that we were supposed to make. We missed a lot of layups, a lot of easy putbacks, we didn’t make shots. They played great defense. Again, I give credit to them, but we missed a lot of layups and a lot of shots that we usually make.”

Ganot said even more costly than the misses were the lack of offensive rebounds and an often step-too-slow transition defense.

“I thought we had some good looks in that stretch that didn’t go down, but I thought the biggest key in that stretch was giving them some runs out in transition,” Ganot said. “That one stretch really hurt us. It was a combination of — and I thought you can look, there’s some open shots that we had at the rim, some open shots, but we compounded the problem by not getting back (on defense) and maybe hanging around for loose balls that weren’t there. It was never a lack of effort, and there’s never been a lack of effort with this group … But in the critical moments at this stage, at this level, you get exposed for some lapses.


“And just like we capitalize on some lapses, good teams capitalize on those, and we had several in that critical stretch.”

In less than two minutes, the Terrapins turned a 41-39 deficit into a 48-41 lead, and Trimble’s 3-pointer at the 9:34 mark broke Maryland’s 0-for-15 drought from beyond the arc. It would be the only 3-pointer that the Terps made the entire game, as they finished 1 for 18.

“I think towards the second half, we started to get steals and that kind of opened things up,” said Sulaimon, a 6-foot-4 senior guard who also had five rebounds and three assists. “We started getting easy layups and easy shots, and Melo finally hit a 3 for us. Once that shot went down, I think that just kind of got everyone loose and gave everyone confidence that if we just continue to play defense, make our free throws and not turn the ball over, we could win the game.”

Terrapins coach Mark Turgeon said fatigue — the Rainbow Warriors have played seven tough games in 19 days since leaving Honolulu on March 1 — also may have played a factor. All five Hawai’i starters played 30-plue minutes each for the first time this season.

“Give Hawai’i credit, what a great year they have had,” Turgeon said. “Good players, good guard play, good big guys … (But) I thought they got a bit tired at the end and we just were able to get out and run. … We finally rebounded a little bit better during that stretch when we took the lead. And then what we did this weekend, is we spread the floor and we were able to get to the foul line and we made free throws (28 of 31, 90.3 percent).”

Maryland led 28-27 after a tight, defensive first half in which the Rainbow Warriors led most of the way but again was plagued by early foul trouble, as starting point guard Roderick Bobbitt picked up two fouls in the game’s first 3 minutes, 14 seconds and was sent to the bench to sit for over nine minutes.

Still, UH led, 10-4, after Stefan Jovanovic’s short banker with 12:40 remaining, and 13-6 after Aaron Valdes‘ 3-pointer from the left wing with 11:03 left. The Terrapins then responded with a 12-2 run capped by Trimble’s layup which gave them an 18-15 lead with 6:24 remaining.

#5 Maryland defeats #13 UH in the second round of the 2016 NCAA Basketball Tournament at Spokane Veteran's Arena, Spokane, WA on March 20, 2016. Photo: Brandon Flores.

“Yeah, it was a blessing for us, obviously,” Turgeon said of Bobbitt’s absence. “I was getting frustrated, because we couldn’t score and he’s over there sitting down, and they’re still beating us 13-6. And then we go ahead, 15-14, they subbed him back in, which I thought was smart on their part. He had one of the best on-ball defenders, Rasheed, guarding him most of the night and I said, ‘Rasheed, if we’re going to have a chance, you got to slow this kid down.’ He lost his rhythm. (But) he’s a heck of a player.”

Bobbitt finished with six points, seven rebounds and seven assists in 30 minutes.

Maryland extended the lead to 24-20 on Jake Layman’s 3-pointer from the right wing with 4:03 left, but the Rainbow Warriors answered with a 7-0 run culminating in Jankovic’s putback with 49 seconds remaining to put Hawai’i up, 27-24.

The Terrapins then closed out the half with Trimble’s layup at the 35-second mark and then two free throws by Trimble with 5.6 ticks left.

Ganot said except for the last sequence in which the Rainbow Warriors took an ill-advised shot early in the clock and then committed a backcourt foul allowing Trimble’s two late free throws, he was pleased with the possession-by-possession, defensive first-half battle.

“Well, you’re always OK when you feel like you are in control, and I thought we were,” Ganot said. “We were from the get-go. And one of the big things against Maryland we talked about was to set the tone early, because they try to put teams away early. And we weathered the storm — more than weathered it — we were up 13-6. … I was pleased with the way we closed the first half, other than that last play. But it was kind of back and forth, I thought we were under control.”

That continued into the second half until, Ganot said, “that one stretch really hurt us.”

Hawai’i ended up shooting a season-low 32.9 percent from the field, while Maryland shot 45.8 percent. The Terps also went 28 for 31 at the free-throw line to Hawai’i’s 10 for 15.

The Warriors out-rebounded the Terps, 42-36, and this was the first time the entire season that Hawai’i lost a game when out-rebounding its opponent. Prior to this game, Hawai’i was 23-0 when winning the rebounding battle.

The loss itself — marking an end to UH’s winningest season and deepest run in the NCAA Tournament — was strongly felt in the post-game locker room.


“It just hurts, to come this close to being the Sweet 16 and have it come to an end,” Valdes said. “Right now it kind of stings.”

But Ganot emphasized the emotions of March Madness are part of what makes it so special.

“This game is awesome,” Ganot said. “There’s so much emotion in it, these guys care. And obviously, you can imagine how the locker room is. But it gives you some great moments, too.”

Those great moments included 500-plus green-white-and-black clad Hawai’i fans cheering loudly and waving 1,000 ti leaves that arrived from the islands at the Spokane Arena just minutes before tipoff.

“Honestly, we have some of the best fans in the nation,” Jankovic said. “They really came out, they supported us. The whole arena felt like we were basically in the Stan Sheriff Center, and I just wish we would have had a better effort for them.”

Said Ganot: “Our fan base is ridiculous, it’s unbelievable. It’s impressive. Especially with how far they travel and how loud and vocal they are and how much love you feel from them.”

The moments also include the most victories in school history, Big West Conference regular season and tournament championships, first NCAA Tournament appearance in 14 years and first-ever NCAA Tournament victory.

“It was a good season, I think people will look at us differently now, after the run we just had,” said Bobbitt, who finished the game with six points and seven assists.”


Ganot added, “Through adversity in past years, it’s pretty dang impressive. They should be celebrated, and that’s what I told our guys, the state of Hawai’i is very proud of them. Because at the end of the day, their job is to influence people in a positive way, and they certainly did that. Kids look up to them in the community over there, and the morale is high because of them, because of the effort they put in, and the performance and manner in which they performed.

“They have galvanized the state, and they represent the university, a great university, a great program … a great state, and these guys make you believe. They are tremendous in the community.

“I think I speak for the rest of Hawai’i when I say this group is special, and they’ll be remembered for a long time. Just unbelievably proud of them.”

Said Jankovic: “It was a special season that we’re gonna cherish forever.”

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  1. Sad to see the season end , was hoping it would be extended one more week. But a terrific season, they achieved all of their goals and that is just terrific, players and coaches should be proud of that.

    Just wondering what is going on in recruiting? I havn’t heard anything at all since Jack White ( who committed to duke)

  2. Signing day is in about 3 weeks, haven’t heard anything at all.

    MAHALO Again: ‘BOWS! Staff, WI & Sponsors

    Now Have A Higher Bar To Leap Over!

    IF Can FIGHT Through The Next YEAR With Success
    Just Like The PREVIOUS Three!
    PROGRAM “Should:” Stabilize Onto SOLID Footing Under Eran’s Leadership
    YOU HAVE Broken Through
    RIDE Through The Rest Of This Storm
    THEN…’Maybe” NICE Saling Ahead….


    WF2 — Suspect might suffer ‘late signees’…
    Hope NCAA Appeal Review Committee Answers (“Correctly”) SOONEST….

    To Me, ANY Delay is Playing Games — they ‘know’ what ‘they’ want; there’s No New Information —
    The Arguments Are ALL On Paper
    ? Call Amanda to see IF She’s ‘Improved’ her attitude? —
    MAKE The Call !

    Hope UH ALREADY Has a Good Court Case Basis —
    THREATEN Them With It — An Injunction WILL Allow Post-Season In the Interim — for Juniors who stay…

    NCAA Loses Virtually ‘ALL’ Court Challenges — STUPID & Inconsistent As They Are
    WHAT Violation Is A TRUE First Order Issue?
    How DUMB IS DOBOs Cannot “Coach” ?
    YOU Cannot Prove You Deserve To EARN A Paying Job?

  4. Well done to all the players and those who have helped them along the way. Good luck to those who will leave and thank you for all you have given Well done to the Coaches although you could have shown more ho‘ohanohano as not taking Jakob to the dance was wrong no matter what way you cut it! We all make mistakes, I hope you learn from this one and Jakob know that Hawaii is as proud of you, Jack, and Issac as we are of the entire team!

  5. Great season.
    Now coach Ganot go get some more Rod Bobbitts. Quincy Smiths. Stefan Jankovic’s and possibly another AV and MT. Those guys had 2 year and some 3 year’s of adversity already. Team was ready to go far ncaa’s this year. You are a very good coach who had great talent! I am so happy most stuck it out and another 6’8″kiwi wish he could have been on this run too!!
    Go get some athletes!
    Good job Eran and Bows!! You all completed the mission from decades ago! GO BOWS!!

  6. To the juniors: please don’t leave UH! Big gamble on leaving for another team just to try and make it to a post season tournament. Maybe you will maybe you won’t.. But there is no other school on earth that has a better senior night than Hawaii!! Believe that.

  7. Good article, nice comments by Eran and the players. UH had 16 offensive rebounds, the Terps only 3. Against Cal, UH only had 2 offensive rebounds. Although
    the Terps shot 5.6 % on threes, they shot 70 % on two’s. Sulaiman was guarding Bobbitt, who was guarding AV ? Looked like UH committed a lot of shooting fouls in the first half on the Terrapins. These turtles were not slow.

  8. Thank you to Dayton and all the sponsors of this glorious site. This has been an amazing year and I’m anxious to see what decisions the Juniors make and what recruits EG and his staff have lined up. I’ve seen Buggs play a couple of times in person and believe he will have a big impact next year.

  9. Pono – What type of game does Buggs have? I understand that he tore some ligaments in his knee and is still recovering so I’m guessing he understandably didn’t show much explosiveness yet.

    Really curious to see who sticks around next year. There are still ~30 games to be played even without the postseason, lots to play for. If I had to make guesses, Janks is gone, Jovanovic stays, MT stays and gets 2nd team all conference, and if AV stays, thinking he’d be a strong first-team candidate depending how good our team is. My thinking there is that Janks has not much left he can prove at the Big West level. On the other hand, AV could benenfit by being the man and he seems to really like Hawaii. MT seems to also really like Hawaii and seems poised for a breakout year, and Jovanovic should probably expect to start so thinking he stays too.

    If this happens, much of our success will hinge on the development of our backcourt players. Not easy to deal with the loss of Rod, Q and Isaac. Even though the season just ended, I’m clearly already excited for the future of our program, which is a real credit to Ganot and this years team! I think we’ll look back at this team as a turning point for the program.

  10. Good video above with all the comments from the players and the coach. Is that Janks father in the video ?
    Former UH assistant Jamie Dixon headed to TCU, per reports.

  11. Good to see all the fans and players in the 2nd video. When is UH going to promote Gwen to Band Director from Asst Band Director ?

  12. I thought PITT Would offer Jamie a Statue…

    BUT I Also Understand “Fans and Boosters” THINK
    They’re “ENTITLED” To Final Fours and Ultimately NATIONAL Championships…
    IN The ACC… ? …Come On….

    I CAN Understand The ALMA MATER And “The Jump”
    I WAS (Sometimes) Hoping Jamie would Take HIS HUGE Savings And “Semi-Retire” To TOP 20 LIFE In Hawai’i

    NOW HOPE Ganot Has a BETTER-THAN-Mike-(Kryzyzewski) LIFER-to-Retirement-WHOLE-Career @ HAWAI’I!!!

    Getting PAID Big Bucks In Paradise IS A DREAM, TOO…

  13. FOR Those WITH SHORT Memories…

    DUKE Used to MEAN NOTHING in Basketball…
    MikeK Started With LOSING Seasons…

    EXPERTS Used to Say YOU Couldn’t Consistently WIN @ An Academic School

    OR In The Middle of The PACIFIC Ocean….

  14. We collectively choked in that second half. brutal. Maryland was not really a better team than us by much, they just didnt make as many stupid mistakes.

    Getting beaten on mental errors sucks.

  15. At least Turgeon is more respectful than his dickhead fanbase.

  16. I still feel like we should have won this game. The shots just weren’t dropping in the second half. And the refs were calling way too tight on Hawaii, just my opinion though. All in all, it was a heroic effort and we were in it for 3/4’s of it. One thing is for sure, it was no fluke that we were in the tourney! We definitely belonged and represented well. Shout out to the players and their historic run. It was an awesome year.

    And now, to brace for the fallout…cuz if I were one of the players, I’d jump ship for sure! Just got my first taste of the NCAA tourney and I have one year left of eligibility…hmmm. Main players in question are Janks, AV and Thomas. It’s going to be hard to replace Rod and Q. They were my 2 favorites! Q is my hero…I felt so bad for him after he picked up that 4th foul (that should NOT have been, but hey, it’s Maryland so let’s give them all the calls). He was a mess after that call but by then the game was probably out of reach. In any case, it will be interesting to see who the new signee’s are. Let’s get some good ones!

  17. Because recruiting is so critical, the juniors need to make their decisions whether to stay or transfer quickly so that Coach Ganot can sign some quality players. I’m sure he’s targeting some prospects already. It’s unfortunate that the NCAA has not decided on UH’s appeal. These players and coaches now have not done anything wrong and were not involved in any violations of NCAA rules. All the wrong doings are gone almost 2 years ago already. UH have suffered already, vacated wins, and accepted loss of some scholarships. Please lift the post season ban. These players deserve the right to strive to follow their aspirations and their dreams. To deny these young men sends the wrong message.

    Good luck to the seniors and the graduates. To the juniors, we support you. To the underclass men, work on your games and step up next season. To the coaches, go get those athletes. To Jack Purchase, Matt Owies, and Drew Buggs we look forward to having you in uniform this coming season and into the rotation. No doubt in my mind, this was the best UH basketball team in history, 28-6.

  18. Warriorfan- Buggs is physically more developed than Drammeh and has some bounce to him. Right now he can get to the rim at will and use his quickness against HS level athletes. His shot ain’t bad but it will need some work to be effective in college. I think he can physically contribute on the offensive end by penetrating and getting to the hoop. Here’s a clip of his athleticism.


  19. I’m not sure Buggs should be trying to play this upcoming weekend, I know he wants to help win the states for his high school but he should be resting so he doesn’t get reinjured.

  20. Good for Turgeon — He WAS Very Respectful
    Sounded Genuine, too

    BTW — That Jamie LOSS (Charity?) @ MAUI (TO Hawai’i) LAST Year Caused Jamie’s ONLY NON-20-Win Season (19!)

    UH RISE (Compliments of Kenpom):
    2013 #213 17 Wins 15L
    2014 #149 20 Wins 11L
    2015 #123 22 Wins 13L
    2016 # 56 28 Wins 6L W/BWC Champ2X & NCAA Tourney WIN

    GO ‘BOWS!
    JUST Keep On WINNIN’!

  21. praying the NCAA says post season ban too harsh and lets UH get post season in 2017 but with two docked scholarships.. Janks decides to come back for a chance to get UH in the sweet sixteen!!
    UH recruits a JC all american PG similar to Bobbitt, a good shooting guard and a forward

    2016-2017 warriors.

    JC Point new recruit/Owies/Niko
    Drammeh/Buggs/ New recruit
    Valdes/new recruit


    This coaching staff should be very proud of their efforts. The future right now is in your hands. If you can pull the remaining juniors together to stay, just look at what we would have coming back, 4 starters that will have another year to improve as a team.

    No doubt the loss of Rod will be missed and very hard to replace. Mr. Quick step will also be missed for his heart and Sai for his consistency with that 3 ball. Kudos to Q for his improved FT shooting down the stretch. But with Purchase coming back and the possibility of signing 4* SG, White, I believe we could make another run next season.

    As Eagle points out, even with a bad response from the NCAA, we could put them in court one more time giving these deserving players another run at it next season. If UH Admin will commit to doing so, then this is a no brainer.

    GO BOWZ…mahalo nui loa.

  23. The best to each UH basketball player no matter if you are staying or leaving. Do what you believe will give you the best opportunity to continue your basketball career after your college playing days if that is your dream.

    Remember also to make sure to get that diploma. It will be your ticket to better opportunities though we know it is you that is foremost that will make your lives the best it can be.

    We fans hope you do stay and again if you don’t, may the experience of living in Hawaii add to your foundation and perspective of life. We the people of Hawaii believe that besides getting your education and the opportunity of playing ball here, your biggest reward was experiencing, finding and understanding the “Spirit of Aloha” that will remain in your hearts forever.

  24. Backbeat:
    Jack White ‏@5jackwhite Mar 3
    Very happy to announce that I have verbally committed to Duke University! Excited to be a Blue Devil!

  25. Anyone know how long the NCAA has to make their decision on the appeal? Surely there must be a deadline.

    Dayton and Warrior Insider crew, since this incredible season is over and we’re now all focusing on next season, could you please ask Ganot or Matlin if they have any updates on the appeal?

  26. I got a chance to watch Buggs play in the CIF southern championships this weekend on TV. He hurt is kneecap not too long ago, and his coach said he’s gutting it out playing at only 60%. You could tell he was very limited (no explosiveness) from other video I’ve seen of his game, but he was still making big plays when his team needed it. His team now plays this weekend against the Norcal champs for the CIF state championship.

    If healthy, Buggs will definitely contribute next season.

  27. Islandman,

    Wrong player, William McDowell-White: http://www.verbalcommits.com/players/william-mcdowell-white.

  28. William McDowell-White would be a dream, be can be the Big west Player of the year as early as a sophomore, but I believe Texas a@M is also after him and they will be tough to beat, hopefully he doesn’t want to be too far away from Australia.

    Thanks for the headsup on Drew Buggs, Parkpill, I believe the replay will be shown on thursday on time warner sports channel 218 on Thursday. Really hope his injury doesn’t get worst, we need him 100 percent healthy next season.

  29. Ganot should offer Mcdowell White’s brother Daryll as well to seal the deal.
    Trust me if McDowell-White picks UH, he will be the big west freshman of the year his first year, then player of the year the following two years, and then leave early for the NBA, he is that good!! Come on Ganot 🙂

  30. Kind of upsetting that McDowell-White has visited Fresno ( as well as Arizona state and A@M) and Not UH 🙁

  31. Thanks, Pono.

    I promise everyone that me and Warriorfan2 are not the same person haha. Might change my name so to not look like I’m having a massive convo with myself… Like someone does… 😛

    Agree w/everyone that recruiting will be huge. Really a tough sell because a JUCO type PG/SG is probably what we need most, but they’re also hurt the most by the one year ban. If AV and MT come back we can be a real solid team again next year but we need to shore up that back court. This past year showed how important having a stud/leader at PG is.

  32. Guys, we dont even know if the scholly offer still stands. Gib offered him, Not Ganot. that’s literally 2 coaches removed. He’s probably not being actively recruited.

  33. To have a really good team, you have to have multiple good guard play. Look at all the best teams. They all have outstanding guards. I’ll just give you 2 teams for example. Kansas, they have Wayne Selden, Frank Mason, and Devonte Graham. Oklahoma, they have Buddy Hield, Isaiah Cousins, and Graham. You need the guards to control the tempo and the game by limiting the turnovers and take care of the ball.
    Trimble and Sulaimoln had 38 points against us, compared to Bobbitt and Q totaling 17. That right there told a lot about why we lost the game. The fact that we won the boards and the fact that we had more 3s than Maryland (1 for 18), I would have thought we won the game. But the free throws killed us too, 28 to 10. Maybe our guys got tired in the second half, and the Terps went on that 14-0 run to break it open, but we were right there. Just couldn’t sustain it.

  34. before we start talking about good guard play, Lets back up on maryland. Sulaimon is an slightly above average guard who has one great attribute (3s) and only put up all those points against us at the line on touch fouls. Trimble was the only one attacking. lets not try to compare him to anyone on OU or KU, he’s not even in the discussion with those guys.

  35. Wish UH fought earlier,wiser and harder in wake of ncaa investgation and respose now appeal. ncaa one would guess would make compromise if UH did not sit back.Really appears ncaa knew Ganot had team to make run in tournament this year. For seniors and juniors they let them have this year no ban. 2016-17 recruiting tied up with appeal response. We know they take long time. Ganot should recruit freshmen willing to use this first year as get better game wise and adjust. Guess that is why Eran talks about This Group as special. Future uncertain.Eran we knew from Dyrbe to Rod. Someone said let recruits Amis was one.Hawaii HS talent?
    All warriors. Eran did good job. Recruit GS warrior type athletes and develop. UH basketball can win again!!

  36. Thanks for pointing out the obvious Derek lol

  37. Regarding Sulaimon, from story above: “He had one of the best on-ball defenders, Rasheed, guarding him most of the night and I said, ‘Rasheed, if we’re going to have a chance, you got to slow this kid down.’ He lost his rhythm. (But) he’s a heck of a player.”
    Verbal Commits still lists William McD-White with an offer from UH. It used to list his brother too. But his year was supposed to be 2015 and now if you look up his name on verbal commits, it says “Interest – None”

  38. Tavs ..” .UH now has 30 days to state its case, and the NCAA Committee on Infractions will have 30 days to respond.” hawaiinewsnow, Jan 6 2016.
    So the appeal was filed around Feb 8 and the NCAA was supposed to respond around March 9.
    UH edu article:

  39. From hiloopy on wsn:
    “Per McInnis from the radio a moment ago, the response along with UH’s appeal then goes to some NCAA committee to make a decision, which will occur during the summer. Whether it was definitely during the summer or by summer I did not catch.
    Either way, the NCAA response is only another step in the process.”

  40. FYI, Melo Trimble and Rasheed Sulaimon were McDonalds All Americans. Trimble was rated a 4 star player and Sulaimon was a 5 star player. Sulaimon was also a Parade 1st team All American. So these guys are every VHT and are NBA prospects. Sulaimon is a senior and Trimble is a sophomore.

  41. Sulaimon is a bust. and Trimble, do u really think he will make it in the nba with his lack of outside shooting?

  42. Trimble is projected for the top of the 2nd round on one mock draft. Others are Jaylen Brown No. 3, ahead of Buddy Hield and Ivan Rabb. How do you figure that ? Others in the first round are Diamond Stone and Tyrone Wallace(Cal). Those in the 2nd round include a 7-2 player from China, Zhou Qi, Isaiah Cousins(OK) and Ron Baker.

  43. Layman and Robert Carter (Terrapins) are projected for the 2nd round in another mock draft.

  44. Islandman,
    Thank you for that info. I’d really appreciate it if the media could ask Ganot or Matlin for an update. I’m sure the whole state wants that.

  45. Sulaimon WAS a highly rated recruit. He did not live up to even half of his promise.

  46. Summer is too late.
    There is an urgency here that affects school work and lives.
    Who ever is representing UH is not serving very well if they don’t take this into account. Did someone say there were 3 weeks left before major change begins to affect innocent bystanders ? I would like to see some attempt. Some filing.

  47. I assume the Basketball Banquet is scheduled near the end of April.
    Should be a good gathering.

  48. I’ll give credit to Maryland for:

    Putting Sulaimon on Bobbitt. He had an inch on Bobbitt and was just as fast (probably faster), so imo it limited Bobbitt’s aggressiveness.

    Stone’s post defense on Jankovic. He’s got quicker feet than he appears and it seemed to surprise Janks. UH has settled for the 3 too much in games, but I really wish Janks had shot more 3s, particularly in that stretch where we went ice cold in the 2nd half. Jank’s bad 3’s are better shots than most of our close 2’s.

    Layman’s defense on Valdes. The two of them were chasing each other all over the court, with neither of them shooting the ball that well. Valdes also might’ve been dealing with tightness or cramps because I saw him on the bike in the hallway at halftime, or maybe he always does that.

    Taking care of the ball. Minus the few turnovers forced after the game was basically over, Maryland was solid with the basketball all night.

    We play this team three times, we win once. They were better than us, but not by much. The Sweet 16 was very much a reality, but we would’ve gotten demolished by Kansas anyway. I’m more than happy given the season we’ve had.

  49. If the Infractions Appeals Committee doesn’t make a decision before our Juniors need to make commitment decisions to other schools, then it really becomes pointless (unless our Juniors decide to stay with us regardless, which would be tremendous but so unfair to ask of them). Our chances of post season play without at least Mike and Aaron seems quite improbable. The same committee made the decisions for Syracuse. To overturn in favor of Hawaii should be a no brainier. The committee is made up of lawyers and pretty intelligent people. But timing is everything!

  50. Sorry Guys (You’re Welcome, TEAM & Staff! Probably Woulda Happened Anyway…)…

    Just Suggested to The Basketball Office (They Already Had Recognized It)
    That they ‘Should’ Raise The Basketball Banquet Price (DONATION Amount)
    AND Arrange for A Bigger VENUE!
    Already IN Process,
    Need to SYNC UP With Recruiting Schedules–

    That IS What WE Wanna Hear, Right?
    RE: EG Called THIS THE BEST BB Staff in The Big West BEFORE The Season
    IF He Was Right (AND HE IS More Right More Often Than Most of US)
    This Staff WAS Already Going to Do A Good Job RECRUITING
    1) BEFORE The Double-Championship: Truly Significant As Most NCAA Upset Teams were Not Flashes-in-the-Pan;
    They Were Double-Champs like UH — GOOD Over the Whole Course of The Conference Season which IS Hard To Do AND Good-HOT-Enough to Blitz their Tournaments
    2) BEFORE The NCAA Tourney Boost In Credibility And Name-Recognition

    The TV Annoucers credited (fairly) John Montgomery with the Cal Game Scout–
    BUT they also Credited Him with recruiting several of Cal’s juniors and seniors
    Great IF True IF He Can Continue to Pull in Good to Great Players

    CAN WE GET One (or Even Two?) PLUS-Star Recruits?
    Another Rod Flemings? OR GET a Three/Four-Star Transfer
    OR ONE More Aaron Valde´s Walk-On? (To Overwhelm Scholarship Restrictions)

    WE NEED to Put An End to Basketball (And Whole ADept) Struggles…
    (WE NEED A Good or Great Leader & Spokesman in The State Legislature
    TO MOVE UP NOW While People CAN Still See Something Greater…)

    Wanna BE Big Time?
    RIGHT NOW Maybe for The First Time, (Other than Players And Staff)
    Thousands, Maybe Tens of Thousands CAN SEE
    That THIS Program CAN Crack the Sweet 16 (Or Even Better)
    GOT To Get Funding and Facilities to Support That Better Program

    ‘MAYBE’ Two Years (or more) of improvement under This Staff Means
    Another Basket Better to Beat Oklahoma OR Player or Two to Overcome Maryland
    IF We CAN KEEP And Get The ‘Right’ Players
    WHAT ARE THE ODDS This Staff WILL (Also) Do THIS Right?

  51. I may be wrong on this, but it’s my understanding that UH’s appeal is first given to the original body that did the investigation and imposed the sanctions. Only after that committee reviews it does it go before the appellate body. That’s why a person informed on the matter says it could be a while (possibly into the summer) before any final ruling comes down, probably long past the time the juniors must or hope to make their decisions on where they will play next year. The timing sucks.

    It’s also unfortunate for the coaching staff not knowing how many spots to fill on the roster. That being said, as it stands now, I believe there will only be 11 available scholarships for next season, and the spring signing period starts in three weeks.

    An intriguing off-season, indeed.

  52. Even if UH loses Janks and Valdes, We saw what coach Ganot can bring in late with Sheriff Drammeh, IMO UH will bring in some solid players and still be competitive and if the NCAA overturns the post season ban I would not be surprised if this team finds a way to win the big west tournament again.
    I fully expect Purchase, Drammeh and Buggs to be solid players for us and Ganot to sign some more good players as well.

  53. It would be really great if we could schedule more of the better teams prior to conference. Don’t we have North Carolina next year ?

  54. And yes, postseason, to play the best WHEN they are AT their best. Nothing better than that. That’s what we will be missing.

  55. Here is a very touchy subject that I was trying to find out…how much did this year’s bball team make for the conference and for our school.

    Please don’t get me started about the Bigs vs Mid major schools. Going 8 or 9 deep each year with Big Conference reps in the NCAA tourney is madness, especially this year.

    Here is one article about it but I cannot find how the BWC splits things up.


  56. Backbeat, after reading that article one can see they don’t want the mid major conference teams to have more than 1 team. Too much money at stake.

  57. Reading on the appeal process, yes it goes to the original Committee on Infractions who has 30 days to respond. Then the institution can submit a rebuttal within 14 days. The enforcement staff can then submit a statement within 10 days. Then the appellant can submit a response to the enforcement staff’s statement within another 10 days.
    The Infractions Appeal Committee will then consider the evidence and any new evidence, etc. It will act on a majority vote of members present and voting. Supposed to be five members but i see only 4 listed.

  58. Dave Reardon ‏@dave_reardon 2 hours ago
    (1of2) Re #hawaiimbb appeal: NCAA informed AD @DavidAKMatlin a decision should come 30 to 90 days after April 8, which is when all …written submissions are due…

  59. isn’t anyone concerned that maybe purchase, drammeh and buggs might decide to leave as well….who knows what ganot told them when they were recruited…they could have believed that the post season ban would be lifted

  60. Purchase can’t leave, he would have to sit out another year and lose a year of eligibity. They aint going anywhere. Buggs would have announced he was looking elsewhere already if he didn’t wanna come to UH anymore.

  61. Thank you to the Schmidt family, Dayton and Wes for the terrific coverage on this journey. What a memorable one.

  62. What would Buggs and Drammeh gain by leaving? Buggs is a freshman, this ban barely affects him, and Drammeh would have to sit out.

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