By Brian McInnis
Hawaii basketball recruiting targets Corey Allen and Garrett Nevels of Mount San Antonio College (Calif.) are expected to attend the Rainbow Warriors' team banquet tonight at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Tapa Ballroom.
They're believed to be primary targets among UH's top five recruiting prospects for next season. The guard pair arrived in Honolulu late Tuesday night, and will be here until Thursday morning. (Allen is pictured on left with Nevels on right.)
Having recruits in for a mid-week visit is pretty unusual for Gib Arnold, but was out of necessity with Arnold just returning from mainland recruiting and a dead period approaching during the Final Four.
Allen previously visited UTEP. It's believed this is Nevels' first official visit. Other schools expressing interest in the pair are West Virginia and Seton Hall, as well as a number of Big West and WAC schools.
Another pertinent question regarding tonight's banquet: will embattled senior center Vander Joaquim make an appearance coming off his infamous arena walk-out? No one has been able to tell me definitively either way so far — some people think he'll go, others say no. We'll find out soon.