By Brian McInnis
Hope everyone had a happy Thanksgiving.
It most definitely was for freshman Aaron Valdes, who said he got word from coach Gib Arnold that he's finally cleared by the NCAA for team activities with Hawaii.
He should be able to practice from now on. But don't expect him out there in any game action this year ... barring unforeseen circumstances. He's missed all the team's practices so far — other than as a spectator — with the exception of a 10-day exempted window in mid-October.
Valdes was probably going to redshirt no matter what. This just allows him to get in-system with plenty of time to spare for next year.
Lastly, the starting five showed off its festive side.
Will have an update on the status of redshirt freshman Brandon Jawato (who did not dress in the 71-66 win over North Dakota) after tomorrow's practice. He was said to have an unspecified injury after the game.
UPDATE: Gib Arnold said Jawato had a bruised thigh. He practiced on Friday with a slight limp.