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Johnson’s signing with Hawai’i is official

The addition of forward Gibson Johnson to the University of Hawai’i basketball team was officially announced on Thursday.

Johnson, a 6-foot-8 starter on the junior college national championship team at Salt Lake Community College (Utah) last season, will be a junior for the Warriors during the 2016-17 season.

Here is the official announcement from www.hawaiiathletics.com


HONOLULU – University of Hawai’i men’s basketball program welcomed its seventh prospect for the 2016-17 season as Salt Lake Community College forward Gibson Johnson signed on to join the Rainbow Warriors.

“Gibson is a winner, a tough player, and embodies all the qualities we look for in a student-athlete,” UH head coach Eran Ganot said. “We are very excited about all the ways he can positively affect our program. He understands the importance of leadership, brings great skill and a championship mentality. Gibson was a key cog on a well-coached program that won a National Championship and played in one of the tougher regions in the country. His experiences make him a great fit for our program and this special community.”

Johnson comes to UH after a successful two-year stint at SLCC. This past season, the Centerville, Utah native helped the Bruins capture the National Junior College Athletic Association title with a 74-64 victory over Hutchinson. Johnson finished the game with nine points and four rebounds and also recorded 14 points and eight boards in a semifinal win over Gillette.

SLCC ended the year with a 31-8 record and were Region 18 and District 1 champions. Johnson scored a season-high 30 points in the district championship game against Cochise, which helped SLCC qualify for the national tournament. A second-team all-Region 18 pick, Johnson finished the year averaging 12.0 points and 5.6 rebounds per game while shooting 55.1 percent from the field.

As a freshman in 2014-15, Johnson averaged 6.9 points and 5.8 rebounds per game on a team that finished 25-6 and captured the SWAC championship with a 13-2 mark. He shot 44.3 percent from 3-point range (27-61).

Johnson was a two-sport athlete at Viewmont High School, where he was an all-state golfer. Following his graduation, Johnson served a two-year church mission in Brazil from 2011-13.

Johnson joins a class that includes guards Drew Buggs, Leland Green, Larry Lewis, Jr., and Matthew Owies, wing Noah Allen, and forward Zigmars Raimo.

2016-17 Signees
Name, Pos, Ht, Hometown (Last School)

Noah Allen, G/F, 6-7, Pacific Grove, Calif. (UCLA)
Drew Buggs, G, 6-2, Long Beach, Calif. (Long Beach Poly HS)
Leland Green, G, 6-3, Redondo Beach, Calif. (Redondo Union HS)
Gibson Johnson, F, 6-8, Centerville, Utah (Salt Lake CC)
Larry Lewis, Jr., G, 6-2, Scottsdale, Ariz. (Odessa College)
Matthew Owies, G, 6-0, Melbourne, Australia (St. Kevin’s College)
Zigmars Raimo, F, 6-7, Madonas, Latvia (VEF Skola)


  1. Officially and ‘Finally’ Welcome to The ‘Ohana, Gibson

    10 of 10, Wishing You 11’s, 13’s and Beyond Your Highest Goals

    Hawai’i CAN BE THE Place, The Stepping Off Point
    For Your Greatest and Best Adventures and Achievements

    Like You, I think This Staff can assist Your Growth
    Faster and Smarter than Most…

    And This Hawai’i Connection just may Surprise You
    In its Depth and Breadth and Connectedness
    to What Will Always be The Most Important Things in Life

    You Looked, You Saw, You Chose
    The Best IS Yet to Come
    Work Hardest, Enjoy Fullest
    We, Fans Appreciate Your Time and Effort
    ALOHA No

  2. Artie said the rosters for the summer league have been set. He has Gibson on his team. Other players he mentioned on rosters are Purchase, Allen, Owies,Green,Thomas & Stepteau.

  3. Congrats for making the grades – Welcome to paradise!

    Pretty sure coach Ganot will assigned the development project to coach AJ.
    You’ll be getting the best mentor for he has everything you need…
    Work hard on strength and speed, be all-in!

    Good candidate for All-BWC – make us proud?

  4. I’m really excited to see these guys play ball in the summer league. I wonder what EG does with the last scholie. I do think the way he has constructed this class is very smart in terms or evening out the classes (Fr. So, Fr, Sr). Here is how the scholarship players balance out from an eligibility standpoint.

    Freshman: Owies, Buggs, Green, Raimo
    Sophomores: Purchase, Drammeh
    Juniors: Johnson, Lewis
    Seniors: Thomas, Allen

    1 open scholie. Buggs could redshirt to give his knee more time to heal which would make the classes more balanced.

  5. Will be interesting this summer league to scope out all the new players. Hope all of them can make it out here and start training together with Mike Thomas leading the way. Thomas must not only be their leader but their coach during the summer. Because he’s got Ganot’s system down and needs to bring them all up to speed. What you do in summer can have a big impact on the season. Ganot is lucky to have a guy like Mike taking charge. Can’t ask for a better leader.

  6. Agree about MT. Seems he has the experience, intelligence, work ethic and physical presence needed to be a great leader.
    Mike seems to improve with every year. I expect the same this year. Thanks Mike for not bailing on us.

  7. Austin Pope to be playing for Chaminade this coming season, former UH recruit.
    Austin Pope ‏@AustinPope_ May 26
    Austin Pope Retweeted Gibson ( to Gibson 🙂
    Congrats my man!!! Well deserved, I’ll be seeing you on the island

  8. … all quiet on Waikiki beach.

    got to bring out the John Wall youtubes.

  9. RE: June 18 to July 30, Summer League….
    @Manoa Distr. Park, Old Manoa Gym, and Maryknoll
    600 & 730 Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays


    Agree– Look Forward to Seeing Free-Form UH Players
    AND Expect that This Staff Has Specific Assignments —
    NOT Necessarily their Existing Strengths
    To Work/Improve on…

    Hope they’re ‘Paired Up’ so they Build Familiarity & Chemistry
    And ALL Coaches Smartened Up…[R-E-S-P-E-C-T]
    Borne of NATIONAL Final 32/Border-Line Sweet 16 Success…

    So…Just Between US Super-Fans…
    What’s The Non-D-1 Pope Back-Story? Entry? Academics?
    Obviously Successful “VISIT”!
    Sure Coulda Used An “All-Night Wing”
    Prospective Smash Brother Look-a-Like
    In THE Scoring Position…
    Might Be “Drooling/Kickin’ Selves” In Summer League

    Matt OWIES (Only 6-0) drew Aussie Coach Comparisons to (6-4) DELLAVADOVA (St. Mary’s RETIRED His Jersey)
    GO CAVS (At Least Give US A Series to Remember…)

    Everybody UP!
    GO ‘BOWS!

  10. So Owies is a dirty player? Haha. JK. Maybe he will be Hawaii’s Charlie hustle. It ok by me.

  11. DIRTY — Like Get Back UP OFF Of The Floor ‘FAST’ IS GOOD …


    Certifiable: “Coach of the Year”

    Big West Conference
    Jewish NATIONAL
    NATIONAL First-Year Red Auerbach


    University of Hawaii men’s basketball coach Eran Ganot had 10 gems of advice for the Enterprise Hawaii Hall of Honor’s class of 2016 tonight during a presentation at Dole Cannery Ballrooms.

    Below is a quick capsule of his 10-minute speech,
    which began with one of his basic tenets: “It’s all about people.”

    1. Crush the givens

    2. Enjoy the process

    3. Attitude of gratitude

    4. Great balance

    5. There are no guarantees in life

    6. Perspective rule

    7. Team, team, team. Get over yourself.

    8. Go where you’re happy

    9. The Hawaii rule. Never forget where you come from. The aloha spirit is real.

    10. Why are we here? You work your tail off to influence people in a positive way.


    CAN SEE WHY So many Left …

  12. Patty Mills and Nevels helping with the UH basketball camp, per McInnis.

  13. How is Nevels doing ?

  14. It was nice to see Nevels helping out with the future bball players in Hawaii. Way to give back!

    Had a brief conversation with him and watched him use the shooting machine that we all helped fund for the program. He shot 66% from 3!

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