So, to state the obvious, it hasn’t been a gangbusters start to the spring signing period for the Hawaii basketball team.
There have been no official announcements yet (the period began on April 12 and runs through May 17), nor any known commitments — although it sounds like the Rainbow Warriors might be close to something with Finnish point guard Edon Maxhuni. Two of the three unsigned players UH brought in this period are off the board to other teams — including one to a conference rival.
UPDATE: Looks like Maxhuni is off the board as well. He’s reportedly committed to Long Beach State.
This was retweeted by Maxhuni:
— Hanno Möttölä (@HannoMottola) April 22, 2017
Eran Ganot and his staff are heading out again this week; no players are expected to visit Manoa this weekend.
To sum up, it’s clear some patience is required as the Rainbow Warriors fill out their roster for the coming season.
Associate head coach Adam Jacobsen appeared on the Hoops Talk radio show on 1420-AM on Wednesday. On the subject of recruiting setbacks — shooting guard Rylan Bergersen committed to BYU and center Colin Russell chose UC Davis — Jacobsen was measured.
“Unfortunately we lost a couple guys, but I think we’ll get some guys just as good as those guys,” he said.
UH still has four scholarships to play with. The upside to that haul is that players are transferring out of programs all the time and might suddenly become available later in the offseason.
The downside is obvious: The remaining talent is flying off the board. (Even if that hasn’t exactly been seen so far in the Big West overall.)
UC Davis also signed high schooler Delveion Jackson.
Cal Poly has announced a couple of signings.
UC Riverside indicated indirectly it got a pickup.
Long Beach State, UC Irvine, Cal State Northridge, Cal State Fullerton, and UC Santa Barbara haven’t officially announced anyone on their websites.
That doesn’t necessarily mean they haven’t signed anyone yet, or aren’t about to. UCSB and new coach Joe Pasternack reportedly gained the services of Rice graduate transfer Marcus Jackson (12.2 ppg).
Meanwhile, the Big West’s two most prominent transfer losses are looking to move to the Pac-12. Former LBSU point guard Justin Bibbins has been taken in by Utah and CSUN’s Kendall Smith is taking a visit to Colorado.
Hang in there, UH fans. There should be some news before too much longer.
On a side note, congrats to former Hawaii Pacific women’s coach Jeff Harada for getting tabbed to the head women’s job at Cal State Fullerton.