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Official signings: Ayol, Bayles and McClanahan are new Warriors

It’s official, the University of Hawai’i basketball team has signed three new players for the 2020-21 season. Manel Ayol, Biwali Bayles and JoVon McClanahan signed National Letters of Intent this week to join the Rainbow Warriors.

Ayol is a 6-foot-7 forward who was a junior college standout at Western Wyoming College. He is from Australia, and will have two seasons of eligibility.

Hawai’i head coach Eran Ganot said of Ayol: “Manel enjoyed phenomenal success during his two years at Western Wyoming.  He has a combination of size, skill and athleticism that will provide a jolt for our program. He’s gotten to this point through hard work and sacrifice.  We couldn’t be more happy for him and his family and are extremely excited for his arrival here in Hawai’i.”

Bayles is a 6-1 guard from Australia who will have four seasons of eligibility.

Ganot said of Bayles: “We really look forward to what Biwali will bring to our program. He’s fast, athletic, can score in bunches, and is a great competitor.  His personality and leadership qualities make him a great fit here.  We’re absolutely thrilled to add him to our basketball ‘ohana.”

McClanahan is a 5-11 guard who played last season at Sheridan College in Wyoming. He is originally from California, and will have three seasons of eligibility.

Ganot said of McClanahan: “JoVon’s a great addition to our program and a player that our fans will enjoy cheering for. He’s a talented scorer, a fierce competitor, and above all a winner. He played for elite programs on both the high school and junior college levels. With his work ethic, character and winning pedigree we expect him to represent Hawai’i basketball at the highest level.”

The trio of spring signees join November signee Beon Riley in this year’s Rainbow Warrior recruiting class.

2020-21 University of Hawai’i Men’s Signing Class
Manel Ayol (6-7  • Forward • Jr. • Melbourne, Australia • Western Wyoming College)
Biwali Bayles (6-1  • Guard • Fr. • Sydney, Australia • Basketball Australia Centre of Excellence)
JoVon McClanahan (5-11  • Guard • So. • Vallejo, Calif.  •  Sheridan [Wyo.] College)
Beon Riley (6-6  • Guard • Fr. • San Diego, Calif.  •  Cathedral Catholic HS)


    So Many Long & Forever-Supporting Fans Look Forward to The Era You Bring!

    SIGNED… ?Sealed ? Almost Delivered…Whenever the Next Phase Does Start…

    Hopefully A New Era in Athleticism, WORK ETHIC (a HUGE Equalizer whether Named Jordan, Kobé, Curry or Rainbow Warrior) and Individual AND TEAM SMARTS…

    Basketball, Has Always Been —See John Wooden, Mike Krzyzewski and (To Be Proven) Eran Ganot…— A-Game Of Quick-Thinking, Muscle-Memory-Trained & Honed Reaction, And Intelligence…Therefore Also … The Valvanos., St. Mary’s, Gonzagas, Dayton’s, Baylor’s…etc. AND Hawai’i’s…[Theorem]

    GO ‘BOWS!

  2. Well, Drew has whittled down his potential transfer to Missouri, LMU and Iowa State. Guess he really wasn’t looking at staying close to home.Still love the guy and wish him the best but he should have just told us what he wanted and why he was leaving.

  3. @anderpops He lives in Long Beach which is about 30 minutes away from the LMU campus. And I think he has family in Iowa. His dad played football at Iowa State I believe and he still has family in the area. I assume it’s also not that far away from Missouri. I don’t see anything wrong with his choices of schools. He’s getting to be closer to family after the tragedy of his mom’s passing and will get to play a 4th year in a better conference. Seems like his top 3 matches up with his reasons to leave to me.

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