By Brian McInnis
Friday's UH men's basketball practice had some international flavor to it.
Two prospective players for the Hawaii men's basketball team are on official visits to the Manoa campus this weekend.
Orel Lev, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard from Tel Aviv, Israel, and Isaac Fotu, a 6-foot-7 forward from New Zealand, took in the Rainbow Warriors' practice.
Lev, who's captained the Israeli Under-18 national team, also has experience with Maccabi Tel Aviv's U-18 amateur squad. He could potentially join UH over the semester break (and likely redshirt) should he and the team wish.
Fotu, of Rangitoto College (High) School, is believed to be the youngest player to qualify for the New Zealand national team, and also the first of Tongan ancestry. He's played with the New Zealand Breakers' development team and was in competing with N.Z. in the Boris Stankovic Cup in Guangzhou, China, the same time as UH's Vander Joaquim was there with Team Angola this summer.
Fotu is believed to also have scholarship offers from Saint Louis, Utah and Oregon.
UH has three scholarships to offer for 2012-13 — two if Gerry Blakes qualifies for UH by semester break and follows up on his commitment to Manoa.
Washington prep center Caleb Dressler is also verbally committed to sign with UH in the early period starting Nov. 9.