April 20th, 2011
well, all good things must come to an end. With recruting season just about over, and the basketball banquet thursday night, its time to say goodbye to this year's edition of hoopstalk. Its been a blast.
I have tried to keep the blog current, fun, and fair. I know that some of my opinions and comments were not universally accepted, but i never claimed i would be a total " homer". What i strived to do was give you my thoughts and invite you to weigh in. I almost never censored any response, no matter how critical, so long as it was not personal.
Tonight, Jackson and i completed our last Hoopstalk radio show. A show dedicated to reviewing hawaii's recruting class. First, i want to thank Gib for breaking away from his daughter's birthday dinner to participate. Secondly, Jackson and I tried to give you a balanced opinion on each recruit based upon national recruting services and contacts in the coaching community. Did we provide the negatives along with the positives. yes, and i would hope you would expect no less.
My final grade for this year's class is a b- with a potential to be a b+ depending upon who makes their grades, etc.. I think its a solid class with significant upside potential. Are there things that each recruit needs to improve on. Yes. Are there legitimate issues with one or two based upon past history. i believe so. But give Gib and staff lots of credit for their tireless recruting efforts. And in the final analysis, my opinion is just that. Gib and his staff believe they have a very good class, and have the first hand knowledge to make their opinions the most important ones. In the end however, all that matters is how well these recruits play come next November. There are several big holes to fill, and they will need to hit the floor running.
It was a very good year for Hawaii basketball. 19 wins, post season, renewed excitement leading to more butts in seats, all made for a fun year. And now its time to get Gib a contract with a salary and term committment that reflects the success of this year.
For the final time, i want to thank all of you who took the time to read the blog, provide comments ( pro and con), and stopped me on the street to tell me how much you appreciated the blog.
Hopefully Hoopstalk will be back next October. I want to thank the paper for the opportunity. ALOHA.