Up next: Jaaron Stallworth

by Brian McInnis on May 15, 2017

UPDATED: Jaaron Stallworth has signed with UH, and Kahuku point guard Jessiya Villa plans to do the same today.

It’s now Jaaron Stallworth’s chance to be Hawaii basketball’s first commit of the spring.

The Yuba (Calif.) College point guard is currently taking an official visit to the Manoa campus, making him a prime candidate to join the Rainbow Warriors as the spring signing period winds down. The 6-foot-1 Stallworth is still rehabbing a leg injury but part of his upside is that he is the uncommon junior college player with three years of eligibility at the Division I level.

Yuba College point guard Jaaron Stallworth (Stallworth Twitter photo)

Stallworth, from Elk Grove (near Sacramento), put up 13.8 points and 3.2 assists in 13 games for Yuba (28-3) in 2016-17. His shooting percentages were solid; 40 percent from 3 and 76.5 percent at the line.

Stallworth is still recovering from a broken leg injury he suffered midway through Yuba’s season. He’s expected to make a recovery before the 2017-18 season, but it surely affected the recruiting looks he received. Besides UH, he recently mentioned (Division II) Chico State on Twitter and hoops blogger Kevin McCarthy noted he’d previously mentioned D-II schools Cal State Stanislaus and Wayne State.

You can read some about Stallworth’s interesting season here and here.

A cursory scan through Stallworth’s Twitter feed shows that he’s been following UH pretty closely for several months now. The ‘Bows clearly have the edge here.

The end of the period is on Wednesday — although players may still be added during the rest of the summer via non-binding scholarship agreements.

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Former Gonzaga guard Bryan Alberts was to take a visit to Long Beach State last weekend, just after visiting UH. Last word I had on him was he intends to make his decision during the dead period around this weekend.

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If you hadn’t seen it by now, Long Beach Poly big man Myles Johnson is off the board. This recruiting setback was not wholly surprising, given that UH was going up against a power-conference team in Rutgers (Big Ten) and to a lesser extent Georgia Tech (ACC). The Scarlet Knights prevailed.

1 islandman May 15, 2017 at 5:49 pm

Brian, thanks for the updates .

2 barak181 May 16, 2017 at 4:20 am

Rutgers and Ga Tech, huh? Makes you wonder if he was just “tripping” UH.

3 Sickman Fraudd May 16, 2017 at 4:22 am

It is duly noted that the Bows are now recruiting injured D2 type players. Perhaps Coach Ganot should recruit an assistant that can recruit, someone unlike him and the present staff.
Looking like a very long season for the Bows without viable replacement for Allen and a lack of depth.

4 Lowtone123 May 16, 2017 at 10:49 am

It would seem UH has the upper hand on Stallworth considering he referred to Ganot and Jacobsen as “my coaches”.

5 808ball May 16, 2017 at 12:06 pm

3. That and no other division one offers.

6 HoopLife May 16, 2017 at 2:45 pm

With Stallworth having plenty of Big West, Mountain West, and Big Sky interest… Mid season injury must have come into play and hurt his recruitment. He could be a steal!

7 mctruck May 16, 2017 at 3:21 pm

I’ll rejoice when I see his name on that dotted line, fingers crossed.

8 isleboy May 16, 2017 at 4:11 pm

Crutches. Broken leg…..awesome

9 Hoosier May 16, 2017 at 6:25 pm

I worried about Bobbit when they recruited him with that broken arm but he turned out all right. U never know

10 808ball May 16, 2017 at 6:32 pm

Arm is a lot less worrisome than leg/acl/foot
Ganot needs a pg that can play and hopefully start the season 5 months from now, this guy won’t be ready by then.

11 AllG May 16, 2017 at 7:29 pm

Wow pretty sad we are back to recruiting DII caliber players since that seems to be the only teams we can out recruit. We couldn’t beat out Big West teams on any of the recruits and doesn’t look like we will use all of our scholarships if Stallworth is the only recruit coming in this Weekend. With all the holes we have on the roster it is going to be another rough season. We should have at least 8 recruits coming in to fill these last spots. Ganot really needs help with recruiting. Maybe he should have kept Benji Taylor on staff, at least he has recruiting experience and was a good dude.

12 AllG May 16, 2017 at 7:37 pm

Maybe Rolo can take Ganot on the road next recruiting trip and show him what he does to get kids excited about your program. The successful recruiters are usually high energy guys like Harbaugh, Carroll, Calapari, etc. I think Ganot is just to laid back and/or boring in his approach.

13 cappie the dog May 17, 2017 at 4:32 am

2.

Benoit Benjamin
Bobby Lee Hurt

There are probably more. But those are the two high profile players who probably “tripped” Hawaii.

They chose, I believe, Creighton and Alabama, respectively.

14 cappie the dog May 17, 2017 at 4:47 am

Rutgers finished 14th, or in other words, last, the last three years in the Big Ten. 1991 was the last year they made the NCAAs.

Rutgers is a mid-major type program going up against legitimate Power 5 talent.

They are a major only in name.

15 tako May 17, 2017 at 8:24 am

Hopefully, Jaaron signs and the injury bug-a-boo doesn’t follow him to the college ranks. His highlights show him as a scoring PG with good handles. Also, hoping Bryan signs today; looks to have good length as the off-guard… We’ll see…

Let’s be reminded that when Ganot had only one scholie available and he signed Avea early. He got a late start when NCAA relaxed sanctions and players left…he is bringing quality guys in for visits; however, U of H has always been a tough sell.

Wouldn’t be too bad to carry over scholies to the following year and sign a bunch in 2018. And, for the players that we do have, it is a great opportunity to step it up and develop. Hoping that Purchase hits the weights and picks up 20 pounds of muscle and works hard to be an inside force. Hope Mike Thomas works on being more consistent on the inside and improves his outside shot. IMO sometimes outworking other players provides a leg up, especially in the latter stages of tight games.

16 RB May 17, 2017 at 9:06 am

If he signs then he will be reunited with his cousin Drake Stallworth who is on the Football team.

17 Duster May 17, 2017 at 11:46 am

#2, #14, Yeah, maybe UH was tripped.

By the way, my understanding is that Bobby Lee Hurt wanted to come here but was subjected to intense pressure by family and Alabama folks to choose his home state’s flagship university.

18 cappie the dog May 17, 2017 at 3:45 pm

17.

Thanks.

You told me something I didn’t know.

I can’t believe I’m this old.

19 AllG May 17, 2017 at 5:03 pm

Did Jessiya Villa just sign with UH? I like it if so! Bring in Fotu next year and those crazy Kahuku fans with um. Cheehuuu!

20 AllG May 17, 2017 at 5:05 pm

Hopeful Villa decides not to go on a mission we need him this season!

21 islandman May 17, 2017 at 6:09 pm

Are Roy Williams and Mike K high energy guys? Just asking.

22 tako May 17, 2017 at 6:46 pm

Per Brian McInnis Jessiya Villa signed with U of H and will go on a mission. Also, Jaaron signed with the Warriors.

How many D1 schools recruited Villa? Not sure how much an unproven player who has not played D1 ball be expected to be someone we need next year. Think he is more a developmental player that we hope we become a steady force in the out years.

Regardless, both are good gets.

23 HoopLife May 17, 2017 at 11:06 pm

Stallworth commits and signs with UH!! His cousin Drake Stallworth will be an incoming Freshman WR for UH football. His younger brother Keoni Stallworth is a DB for the Aztecs @ SDSU. Ganot and the UH coaching staff gets a “Thumbs UP”!!

24 Hawaiian Ballah May 18, 2017 at 3:26 pm

22. Bro not sure if you watched any UH games last year but I guarantee you Villa is better then any of the PGs we currently have on the roster. Sharieef Drammeh is the definition of a developmental player. If you didn’t realize that our best PG is a 5’9″ walk-on that ain’t saying much. So how do we not need Villa next year? Please answer me that. News flash Bobbitt ain’t our PG anymore all we got is unproven players.

25 HoopLife May 19, 2017 at 6:53 am

Villa won’t be available until 2019… Stallworth will come in as a SOPH and looks ready to play now! A Prep Year and a JC year after HS gives him some maturity. His HS, Prep, and Freshman year JC film are ridiculous!! I do agree that the PG position is the spot that needs the most attention and the staff seems to have addressed the spot by signing 2 PGs.
Word is Boise State tried to intercept the Stallworth signing but failed. That’s one we didn’t loose!!!
“Go Bows”

26 islandman May 19, 2017 at 7:54 am

Stallworth may need awhile to get back, Buggs had to or chose to redshirt.
As far as a coach’s personality and recruiting. Rolo said Hynson is not an extrovert type but could be the best recruiter .

27 HoopLife May 19, 2017 at 2:25 pm

Former UH guard Matt Owies transfers to Seattle U.

28 ball808 May 19, 2017 at 2:47 pm

25,Stallworth will need a year to get back to 100 percent maybe even longer.Unless Buggs is better than expected, Stepteau will continue to start.
Gasman on the mens volleyball team wasn’t back to playing full force until a year and a half after his broken leg, and they don’t do any running.

29 808ball May 19, 2017 at 2:49 pm

25,Stallworth will need a year to get back to 100 percent maybe even longer.Unless Buggs is better than expected, Stepteau will continue to start at point guard.
Gasman on the mens volleyball team wasn’t back to playing full force until a year and a half after his broken leg, and they don’t do any running.

30 hilorain May 19, 2017 at 2:59 pm

Brian, will one of the scholarships go to Stepteau? Don’t remember hearing if he was awarded one of the retro scholarships. If he gets one then that would leave two remaining. Right?

31 cappie the dog May 19, 2017 at 4:06 pm

27.

That’s where Manroop Clair ended up.

Clair had a decent senior season.

32 jackleg_preacher May 20, 2017 at 3:05 pm

It looked like Manroop Clair proved that he could shoot when he had the chance (junior year in seattle) but his PT dropped so much senior year, ah well.

Be interesting to see how Owies turns out up there… IMO I thought Coach Ganot gave him opportunities to play, but he just wasn’t ready to be a division 1 point guard at the time. Hopefully the redshirt year after being here will give him time to work and get ready.

I was a little disappointed about Johnson, but good luck to him- can’t blame him for taking the bigger offer. IMO I don’t think he’s ready for significant minutes in the Big Ten (even if he had come here to UH- someone else on the board said as much with regards to physical contributions- but I think he would’ve played more here) but as the old saying goes you can’t teach height

33 Brian McInnis May 20, 2017 at 8:25 pm

Still to be determined. They haven’t awarded one yet to a player for last year but I believe they still can. Yes, if they give one to a walk-on last year and keep them on scholarship going forward, that would leave two at present.

34 AllG May 20, 2017 at 9:59 pm

Brian

Are there any big men they are looking at or could be potentially added ?

35 cappie the dog May 20, 2017 at 11:01 pm

If I was an opposing coach, I would use Pyongyang to deter a potential recruit from choosing Hawaii.

Paraphrasing Daryl Matthews on his way out, “…this crazy world.”

Our proximity to North Korea is what I gleaned from his exit comments.

36 Realisticguy May 21, 2017 at 2:58 am

Villa is unproven? Are you serious? How many other players you know of made player of the year in two different states? How many Hawaii players were unstoppable against 4 Mainland teams in the Iolani Classic, not counting your beloved past Iolani teams, who always played a weak Hawaii school in the first round to move on to the second? No one knows about Villa and how good he is because we’ve only seen him for 5 months. Secondly, stop knocking on these guys that are getting D2 offers! Have you looked up and down a D2 roster lately? All D1 transfers!!! Not because they can’t play D1! Austin Pope went to Chaminade, but signed with UH and Benji Taylor…he is a D1 player. UH is less then a mid major, so be realistic & stop knocking them…Rutgers and Creighton would whoop on UH…

37 Hoosier May 22, 2017 at 10:04 am

Agree on Villa. Played great on mainland, Iolani Classic, and POY here. Hard to argue with that resume. Hope for some more recruits who can have immediate impacts

38 808ball May 22, 2017 at 2:22 pm

All those accolades and yet UH only d1 offer something does not compute, real size must be closer to 5’10.

39 AllG May 22, 2017 at 4:21 pm

Only reason Villa didn’t have any other D1 offers is because he is going on a mission. Had a lot of D1 interest but I think it was dependent on him forgoing his mission. He will be much more of a project when he comes back.

36. You need to be a little more realistic. D2 teams are not very talented and do have D1 players on Their roster who transferred because of lack of playing time and didn’t want to redshirt a year. It’s not a good sign if a players only offers are coming from D2. This isn’t college football. There aren’t any players whatsoever getting drafted out of D2. You are right UH is less then a Mid Major because of the poor recruiting classes the last few seasons under Ganot. We have maybe 4 D1 caliber players on the roster and that needs to change. We should be going against Mountain West teams for recruits, not losing out against Big West teams for Big West caliber recruits.

40 Ron May 22, 2017 at 4:33 pm

Ganot inherited a mess and has done very well with what he had to work with. Now that his hands are not tied behind his back, he will move the program forward IMO. He should be given 3 more years to develop the program. This State has very few D-1 caliber players and we are 2500 miles from any basketball hotbed. Give him a break!

41 808ball May 22, 2017 at 9:08 pm

Ganot inherited the most talented UH roster in over a decade lol get outta here
The ncaa pardoned the sanctions so no excuses for poor recruiting tactics.

42 Curt Y May 23, 2017 at 12:23 am

To get a fine point guard, Coach Ganot should sneak over to the UH dorms and steal UH slot back, John Ursua from Coach Rolo.

43 HoopLife May 23, 2017 at 10:56 am

Bottom line, everyone is unproven! All of the accolades and stars these recruits have don’t mean anything until they get to the UH program and compete. The sanctions have definitely hurt the recruiting process, but we need to aggressively move forward now that they have been lifted.

44 H8ter May 23, 2017 at 2:59 pm

No excuse is right. Ganot should have been out there recruiting even if he didn’t know whether appeal successful or not. And no excuse for record last year just because everybody left team. Best roster in a decade scattered to the wind. He should have been able to replace all of them with even better players. Glad to get that off my chest. And one more thing…..”haters gonna hate”

45 AllG May 23, 2017 at 3:29 pm

I’m tired of the excuses. We have by far and I mean not even close the nicest facilities in the Big West. We have a beautiful place to live and play basketball. Riley Wallace didn’t have trouble brining in recruits and recruiting classes. Gib Arnold could bring in recruits although they didn’t always qualify. With all the pukas we have in our roster and the playing time we have available to sell these recruits there is no excuse to not have filled our class with a talented bunch of recruits using all of our available scholarships. There is no post season ban. And if Eron wasn’t out recruiting with the likely hood we got scholarships back that is all on him. Eron is a great X & Os coach and I think he could be here for a long time if he can figure out the recruiting part of it. But if he can’t dont expect us back to the NCAA Tournament anytime soon.

46 Hoosier May 23, 2017 at 5:12 pm

I would comment but don’t want to sound stupid. Ganot should be recruiting even if he is not sure about openings. Yep, brilliant. Over and out. Can only stay on these boards when they make sense. Back to reality

47 cappie the dog May 23, 2017 at 7:36 pm

There is an ocean separating us and the continental United States.

Recruiting is a challenge because players’ families want to see their kids play.

39.

4 D1 players. Ouch!

Does my list match yours?

Gibson Johnson
Leland Green
Mike Thomas
Ido Flaisher

48 Frankie May 23, 2017 at 9:20 pm

Yes, Ganot inherited talented individual players and had the most wins ever by any UH team by having them play some team ball that Gib and Benji couldn’t do with that talent, Gib messed us up with his infractions! Why would you recruit if you have no scholarships available, only became available last game of the season. We are not a power 5 team and we have a ocean between us. Who said recruiting is easy in Hawaii, no matter if comparing to other Big West teams. Those recruits don’t want to come here regardless, they signed elsewhere. Why waste scholarships on players that might not warrant one. Save it for next year, which will be Ganot’s first year recruiting without any sanctions hanging over the program. We can judge then if he can recruit or not. He’s had two good years considering sanctions the past two years was hanging over the program. Remember he kept 2015-16 team focused with the pending sanctions hanging over the entire season.

49 HoopLife May 24, 2017 at 4:37 am

46. Well said, thank you!

50 AllG May 24, 2017 at 4:59 pm

45. Very close I had:

Green
Thomas
Johnson
Purchase

Hoosier – just found out you were part of the team responsible for building the rail. Now I know why you make excuse for everything. It’s all you do. You obviously didn’t plan ahead when putting together a budget for the rail so I can see why you would think it was logical for Ganot not to plan ahead in case we got our scholarships back. Once again your brilliance has proven itself. Keep up the good work with the rail!

51 tako May 24, 2017 at 7:35 pm

Ganot is doing just fine with recruiting. Since regaining additional scholarships, he signed a guard for next year, commitment from another – after fulfilling his church mission and is hopefully close to signing another guard. Also, he targeted other players that signed with other schools. As fans, we are hoping for that promising BIG, unfortunately most have already committed. Ganot is a smart coach and accordingly, he targets the right fit and players who “want” to be here. Evaluating how many players he has brought in for visits so far illustrates that Coach has a plan B, C, etc…Also, he has demonstrated the ability to get quality players during the summer. There is at least 3 more D1 level players on the team, two, as evidenced by their playing time and one (truly believe he’ll be good), yet to be seem. The former two, may not be top tier players but they are ballers. Moving forward…

52 Hawaiian Ballah May 25, 2017 at 3:34 pm

Tako – Please tell me how targeting players that signed with other schools is doing just fine??! Lol anyone can do that. And every coach brings in a lot of players for visits. No coach expects to sign everyone they bring in. Please tell us who these qualitity players are that he signed during the summer?

53 tako May 25, 2017 at 4:11 pm

Let’s be fair…. he is not targeting players that sign with other schools, he targeted players he thought was the right fit and may want to play at U of H. Not all coaches or teams can afford (have the budget) to bring in lots of players nor do they want to bring in a player just wanting a “trip.” The fact that he has brought in players for visits illustrates that the staff has a recruiting plan, however, the best laid plans sometimes do not work out. How about Ido? Just saying it is way too early to drive nails into a coffin… let’s move forward…

54 cappie the dog May 25, 2017 at 6:33 pm

I like Ido, too.

He will be closer to Seth Sundberg and Davis Rozitis instead of Bill Moehler, Douglas Kurtz, and a name I don’t want to mention because his father had died during the season.

But not Tony Maroney and Troy Ostler.

I like Zigmars Raimo because I like to shout, “C’mon, Zigmars!” at games.

We have two idiot savants on our team.

I hope Jack Purchase(great Bob Dylan psuedonym) adds something to his spot-up three act.

I hope Sheriff Drammeh adds scoring, or facilitating the offense, or rebounding, to his ability to draw the charge. You have to like Drammeh for not shying away from contact. That is why I defend him.

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