By Brian McInnis
The holding pattern continues for the Hawaii men's basketball team, even as the days are shrinking before the cutoff to potentially add a player for the 2012-13 season.
The fall semester begins Aug. 20, but UH could theoretically squeeze a player through a week or two after that. Gib Arnold has a pair of scholarships available.
To reiterate, Bullard High's Aaric Armstead is not in the mix to join the Rainbow Warriors for this season. The prep school route is still in place for him, after which he will evaluate his options.
However, an international player is in the mix and could be added before the deadline.
There can be success stories out of players added at this late stage. Bill Amis — who recently retired from pro hoops to take up a real estate job in Honolulu — is one of the notable examples of recent years. He was picked up in August of 2007 by Bob Nash's staff.
UH added Garrett Jefferson from junior college last August, right around the Warriors to Asia tour.
The last three Rainbow Warriors on board for 2012-13 but not in the islands yet — Vander Joaquim, Davis Rozitis and Keith Shamburger — should be arriving over the weekend. After his Olympic qualifying stint with Angola, Joaquim has been working out at various locations on the U.S. mainland.