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Warriors picked fourth in Preseason Poll

The University of Hawai’i basketball team was picked to finish fourth (out of nine teams) in the Big West Conference preseason media poll, announced on Thursday.

The Rainbow Warriors were behind UC Irvine, UC Santa Barbara and CSUN. No Hawai’i players were selected to the six-member Preseason All-Conference Team,

The Warriors return four players with starting experience (Drew Buggs, Samuta Avea, Zigmars Raimo, Eddie Stansberry) from last season’s team that finished 18-13 overall and in fourth place in the Big West at 9-7.

UC Irvine, which won the Big West last season with a 15-1 conference record, edged UC Santa Barbara in the preseason media poll. Both the Anteaters and Gauchos received 15 first-place votes; UCI finished with 258 voting points, while UCSB tallied 256.

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2019-20 Preseason Media Poll
1. UC Irvine (15 first-place votes), 258 points
2. UC Santa Barbara (15), 256
3. CSUN, 202
4. Hawai’i, 155
5. Cal State Fullerton, 152
6. Long Beach State, 118
7. UC Riverside, 107
8. UC Davis (1), 104
9. Cal Poly, 43

2019-20 Preseason All-Conference Team
Lamine Diane (CSUN), 6-7, So., F
Terrell Gomez (CSUN), 5-8, Jr., G
Max Heidegger (UCSB), 6-3, Sr., G
Evan Leonard (UCI), 6-1, Sr., G
Dikymbe Martin (UCR), 6-1, Sr., G
Amadou Sow (UCSB), 6-9, So., F


  1. Geez the interest in the program is waning quick. No comments on a pre-season poll? Do the coaches not give any access to the program? Seems like this is less of an insider and just amplifying general press releases now. I’m thankful that Ganot got the MBB back in a good place by playing by the rules but I think we need someone with a little more personality and ability to recruit. Should still run a clean program but not be so boring. In person Ganot is charming and really easy to like, but most people don’t get to meet him and his perception is through his interviews and the media which is BORING.

  2. Pono,

    I disagree with you on the lack of interest. I’ve seen a lot of attendance in various events for the mbb team before the preseason even started including the fundraiser tip-off from 10/24 (even though it was kind of boring).

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