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Brandon Thomas will join brother Mike at Hawai’i

Brandon Thomas, the younger brother of current University of Hawai’i senior Mike Thomas, has signed to play with the Warriors for the upcoming season.

Brandon Thomas is a 6-foot-4 guard who averaged 12.9 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game as a freshman at Riverside City College (Calif.) last season. He will have three seasons of eligibility at Hawai’i.

Here is the official announcement from www.hawaiiathletics.com

HONOLULU – The University of Hawai’i men’s basketball program added another piece to its 2017-18 signing class with the addition of guard Brandon Thomas. The 6-4 Thomas joins the Rainbow Warriors as a sophomore and will have three years of eligibility.

Thomas, a native of Woodland Hills, Calif. just completed his freshman season at Riverside City College where he averaged 12.9 ppg, 4.2 rpg, and 2.3 apg for a squad that finished with 23 wins.

Thomas was particularly deadly from deep, nailing a team-high 72 three-pointers at a 41 percent clip. He also shot a team-best 83 percent from the free throw line. Thomas topped 20 or more points on three occasions, highlighted by a 22-point performance in the Southern California Regional Final.

“Brandon’s a big-time shooter,” UH head coach Eran Ganot said. “And his high basketball IQ and tireless work ethic has us excited about his growth over the next three years. He’s a classic late-bloomer who’s made major strides of late and has a really bright future. We couldn’t be more happy to add someone of his ability and character to our program.”

Thomas is the younger brother of current Rainbow Warrior and team captain Mike Thomas, who enters his final season at UH.

Prior to attending Riverside, Thomas was a four-year letterwinner at Taft High School in Los Angeles. As a senior he averaged better than 18 points, seven rebounds, and four assists per game. He was named the MVP of the West Valley League after leading his team to 26 wins and the league title with a perfect 10-0 record. He was also named first-team all-city.

Thomas is the fourth member of the 2017-18 recruiting class and the third guard to be added within the last 10 days. Jaaron Stallworth and Jessiya Villa signed with UH last week, while Samuta Avea committed during the fall.

2017-18 Men’s Basketball Signees
Samuta Avea, G/F, 6-6 , Hau’ula, O’ahu (Kahuku HS)
Jaaron Stallworth, G, 6-1, Elk Grove, Calif. (Yuba College)
Brandon Thomas, G, 6-4, Woodland Hills, Calif. (Riverside City College)
Jessiya Villa, G, 6-0, La’ie, O’ahu (Kahuku HS)


  1. I wondered what happened to Brandon, who had a stellar senior season but was never mentioned as a recruiting target by this coaching staff.

    If he can be like Mike, diligent worker with high character, then he’ll help the program. He brings solid numbers from his first year of college ball. And it’s always nice to offer a scholarship to someone who actually wants to be here.

    Now, can they find a post out there with similar qualities?

  2. Looks like the same form as nevels

  3. Awesome!!!

  4. Hope this kid works out as there is no room for errors in this recruiting class. Last years recruiting was a failure except for Noah. We still need a athletic big at the five and a scorer.

  5. Good get !!
    MT works hard at his game and let’s hope Brandon does the same.
    Glad they get a chance to play together. Hope they set the pace in practice.
    Welcome !! Go Bows !!

  6. How can you say last year’s class was a failure. Allen was all conference, Green was a contributor as a true freshman, Buggs is still TBD as he recovers, Ido played some solid minutes and Raimo amd Owies got some PT as true freshman. It wasn’t full of high impact players but its a little early to say its a failure.

  7. Jon Rothstein‏Verified account @JonRothstein 6h
    Gonzaga grad transfer Bryan Alberts will visit Florida International beginning on Wednesday, per a source.

  8. If true, I don’t see what the attraction is in FIU for Alberts. They’re coming off a 7-24 season, and have already signed five guards between 6 feet 4 and 6 feet 6. Maybe they run a five-guard offense? Puzzling. Well, just happy UH signed Thomas.

  9. Might as well get ready for next season…who are we recruiting?

  10. This current coaching staff still hasn’t shown me they can recruit. IMHO middle of the pack talent at best…hope they can prove me wrong.

  11. Coming off NCAA sanctions will take time for Ganot to find talent. People are still leery of the program. We are still in rebuilding phase. Just need to improve on last year. Ganot won’t dig in the trash can looking for Justin Thomas characters. So it’s a long and winding road back to where we were. But Ganot will get us there one day. I like his dedication and work ethics.

  12. News today is assistant coach leaving. Job opening posted. Anyone know who’s leaving?

  13. Also, a job opening posted for an Asst Basketball Coach for the women.

  14. New coach better be able to recruit, recruit and recruit!!!

  15. Maybe if we lucky a player or two may follow

  16. Chris Acker leaving to join Boise St.

  17. He recruited Buggs, Green, Lewis and Matthews, per Brian M.

  18. We need a grinder that can flat out recruit. Results oriented.

  19. We need a grinder that can flat out recruit. Results oriented.

  20. This is the third year for the current staff. No excuses on this or that. Incoming talent isn’t bad but not great. Will it be enough? Probably but not enough to get us back to the NCAAs and everyone will agree that’s the goal.

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