Archive for August, 2011

Guard visits // Away we go

August 5th, 2011
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Garrett Jefferson, a 6-foot-3, 180-pound guard out of Citrus College (Calif.), took an unofficial visit to the Manoa campus with members of his family on Thursday. He was able to watch one of the Hawaii men's basketball team's final practices before the Rainbow Warriors depart for Asia on Friday morning.

Jefferson averaged 7.8 points and 3.7 rebounds in 18.2 minutes per game as a freshman on a deep Citrus team which went 27-6 last season.

He earned his associates degree and has three years of eligibility remaining. He is expected to make a decision on his next college destination sometime this month, Hawaii obviously among them.

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So here we are, the Asia trip is upon us. Guess I should have brushed up on my Mandarin. Hmm ... this should be interesting. I will be leaving this morning for South Korea, then it's on to the southernmost region of China to link up with the team.

I won't be blogging on the trip, but I'll be writing plenty for the hard copy and online editions of the paper over the course of the next 17 days. I'll try to hit all major aspects of the trip and provide a few other angles on things as they come up. I have a few ideas in mind, but there will undoubtedly be plenty of other, unanticipated things to write about, too.

It's time. Let's do it.

Ankles strike again

August 2nd, 2011
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The 10 days of practice allowed prior to the UH basketball Asia tour was seen as a boon for the program, both in preparation for this trip starting Friday and the regular season beyond it.

The downside to fully active sessions this time of year is the inherent injury risk, which was felt again today in the team's afternoon session in Gym 2.

Senior guard Zane Johnson became the latest victim of a spate of ankle injuries after landing on the foot of teammate Tyler Brown during halfcourt drills. He went down in a heap and was out for the rest of practice, then left afterward on crutches with his right ankle considerably swollen.

Johnson could be out for the last three days of practice before the team departs for  China. When you have only 10 players going on the trip to begin with, that's a problem.

Sophomore forward Trevor Wiseman is recovering from a high ankle sprain that could put him out of all exhibitions during the entire Asia trip. Sophomore center Davis Rozitis had a mild ankle sprain last week but was back in action on Monday and has looked reasonably fluid.

Look for a full preview of the trip in the coming days.