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National Signing Day

April 10th, 2012

tomorrow is the beginning of the Spring National Signing Day for Basketball. I wouldnt expect any signings by UH tomorrow. Coach Arnold is on his way to Europe and you can expect some visits from potential recruits the next few weekends.

So what do we know " for sure". Hawaii has two signees as of now. They are Caleb Dressler a, 6'10' Center with a two star ( out of 5) rating, and Orel Lev a 6'4' guard from Israel with no rating. There are also a few prospects who have alledgedly been offered a scholarship, but who have not given a verbal committ. The appear to be mid major candidates looking at the other schools who are recruting them.

Gone are Miah and Zane ( eligibility), althgough there are rumors that Miah may petition the NCAA for another year, and Thomas and Miles, one to try to play professionally and then other to be " closer to home". Whether Garrett Jefferson stays is a matter of speculation.

So what's left in the cupboard. Of, course, Vander, Shaq, Wiseman, Rozitis, and Hans, along with some bench guys. Also waiting in the wings is Christain Stanhardinger, the Nebraska transfer. Enough in my mind to field a team, but not enough to compete for the top of the league, even in the Big West. The Rainbow Warriors need a pass first point guard who can score and play defense, a solid three man who can hit the three consistently, and another big man to take the pressure off of Vander. They also need a second two guard who can play defense and hit the outside shot.

Not sure you can find all these guys in high school, so a European player or two, and a couple of JC kids would help, but how many scholarships are left. Not sure if it will turn out to be 2 or 3. Anyway, Gib came here with a solid reputation as a recruiter. The first two classes have had hits and misses. This year needs more hits.

Jeff Portnoy is a member of the UH Board of Regents. The views expressed here are his and do not reflect those of the board.

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2 Responses to “National Signing Day”

  1. seasider:

    Caleb Dressler rated as a 3-star by Scout.

    Orel Lev, a member of Israeli U-18 National Team. Scout, Rivals, ESPN, etc. are clueless on this kid’s basketball abilities on the basketball court—not enough data to feed their data base to make a rating.


  2. jeff:

    that is true, but 2 stars by ESPN so lets call him a 2.5


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