By Brian McInnis
Welcome back to Court Sense, hope you had a good weekend.
A day off Sunday for the Rainbow Warriors was a chance for the team to recover from some bumps and bruises.
Sophomore forward Joston Thomas was back in action from a tweaked heel suffered on Friday.
"I don't think anybody likes being hurt, so I was happy to get back out there," Thomas said. "I could bring a lot more energy. Try to, anyway."
Senior point guard Hiram Thompson was also back after missing almost half of the team's scrimmage on Saturday from taking a rough charge.
Freshman forward Trevor Wiseman was back in action from a neck strain.
Sophomore forward Dominick Brumfield is still working his way back from a fractured kneecap injury that's kept him out from contact drills all preseason.
Some of the main points of emphasis today: zone offense and a new series of plays. About 30 UH booster club members observed the afternoon practice. The UH players and coaches greeted them after their practice.
Thomas wasn't bothered by the extra eyeballs.
"When I'm on the court, I'm locked in. So every time I start going, it's empty seats," he said. "The only time I ever really hear a crowd is when I'm at the free throw line. ... You really don't pay attention to the crowd when I'm out there. But I'm glad they came."
Serra High (Calif.) power forward Ronnie Stevens said today he enjoyed his visit to Cal State Northridge over the weekend, and was considering one more visit before making up his mind between UH, CSUN and a few other schools around Nov. 1.
He visited UH the weekend of the Ohana Hoopfest, but was sick for much of the trip.
On senior forward Bill Amis' birthday, it's a good time to give a shout out to the Amis-directed cult classic Neighborhood Ninja, starring former Rainbow Ji Xiang.
Warning: some profanity at 1:45 into it. Definitely worth your time though.