By Brian McInnis
Three known basketball recruits are taking official visits to the University of Hawaii campus this weekend, in what could be a pivotal time in shaping next year's team.
The prospective Rainbow Warriors flying in are ex-Texas Tech small forward Cameron Forte, Pasadena (Calif.) High senior swingman Blake Hamilton, and Indian Hills Community College sophomore guard Brandon Spearman.
A fourth player, Bishop Alemany (Calif.) high senior point guard Max Guercy, was originally slated for an official visit this weekend as well but is no longer, according to messages on his Twitter account.
It appears by targeting Forte (6-7) and Hamilton (6-5), UH is looking to get considerably more dynamic at the swingman spot — an element missing over the last couple of years. Forte is unproven at the college level, but still has four years of eligibility and could provide an immediate scoring punch (he averaged 30-plus points as a high school senior at McClintock high in Tempe, Ariz.). Hamilton is lean but could provide that lanky athletic presence UH missed out on last season in Dillon Biggs.
The 6-3 Spearman has a solid build and could bolster what UH lost in the backcourt.
That's three that are known — there might be more, and others on future weekends. UH coach Gib Arnold has been in Europe since the Big West Conference meetings last week, and is expected to be back in time to show the recruits around this weekend.
Will provide updates on the recruits when I can.