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Meet the Warriors: Ido Flaisher

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Ido Flaisher was a late addition to the University of Hawai’i basketball team, but he may have to make early contributions in his collegiate career.

Due to some paperwork issues as an international player, Flaisher was not announced as an official addition to the UH program until September 8 – several weeks after Fall semester classes started. At 6 feet, 11 inches tall, he is now the tallest player on the 2016-17 roster, which means he may be put into the mix sooner than expected due to the team’s lack of height in the post.

He is also one of five true freshmen on the roster, but he is being given an equal opportunity to compete for playing time at the center position.

“I think I can bring rebounds and I can bring defense to this team,” he said. “I can jump on the floor when they need me.”

Growing up in Israel, Flaisher said he was always the tallest on his youth teams. He played several sports, including judo, soccer, swimming and tennis, but basketball was always his first priority.

His father, Ofel, was a member of Israel’s national basketball team for 15 years. Ido has already represented Israel on the U16, U18 and U20 national teams.

“When I was young, I already knew basketball was what I wanted to do in my life because my father was 15 years on the national team of Israel,” he said. “I really liked to see my father playing and I knew that’s what I wanted to do the rest of my life.”

English is not Flaisher’s first language (Hebrew is), so it has added to his learning curve. Still, he seems to be fitting in well with his teammates, and he has joined them in weekend outings around the island.

“Everything is amazing, the beaches are so beautiful,” he said.

3 Comments

  1. Welcome to Hawai’i, Ido!

    Hope you get to Invest Your Whole College Career and earn Multiple Degrees @ UH
    And Still Even Exceed Your Own High Expectations for a Stellar PRO Career

    I think it’s Exciting that You’re Still Growing SO Fast
    Weren’t you 6-8 when Coaches started recruiting you this past summer?
    SKY’s the Limit?
    Balance and Foot Speed Sports like Judo and Soccer will probably Carry Over even as you grow in Basketball!

    I think Terrific Enthusiasm, Genes and Work Ethic ALL ADD UP
    To a (Likely) Can’t Miss Prospect and (I Hope) Long UH Career

    Best of The Best to You & Your Family
    And i also Count Hawai’i Among All That!

    See Y’All Thursday!
    GO IDO!
    Go ‘Bows!

    ———–

    WHAT COULD THIS STAFF DO With One or Two More Scholarships?

  2. 6-4 SG Erik Stevenson offered by UH for 2018, per verbal commits site.
    http://www.courtsidefilms.com/news_article/show/655471?referrer_id=

  3. Welcome to paradise again Edo!

    Just hang around Associate Head-coach Jacobsen closer –
    You will be playing like a seven footer sooner than later!

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