By Brian McInnis
Here are a couple of items to supplement what will appear in Tuesday's paper about next season's UH basketball schedule:
Two newcomers arrive
Two of the five UH newcomers signed for next season — freshman point guard Shaquille Stokes and junior forward Hauns Brereton — have arrived in Hawaii for summer school. Stokes said he arrived from New York on Monday.
The two are expected to join several of the UH returnees in the College Summer League at Manoa District Park.
The three Los Angeles-based players signed for next season — Gerry Blakes, Dillon Biggs and Ronnie Stevens — aren’t expected in until next month. They will likely not travel with the team on its upcoming international tour to China and Japan on Aug. 5 to 21.
Arnold said “probably” 10 players would travel to Asia. That would encompass most or all of the returnees, plus Stokes and Brereton. Point guard Miah Ostrowski won't go, as he'll be practicing with the UH football team.
Though the July 1 start of the new fiscal period came and went without a finalized new contract for Arnold, he was positive about its progress.
“The administration’s been great. We’re just working out the final stages,” Arnold said. “I don’t see any rush, haven’t felt any rush from either side. Trying to put together a long-term commitment, and I think it’s going well. Really well.”
His contract can be made retroactive to start on July 1.