By Brian McInnis
The second Hawaii spring commitment was confirmed late Tuesday night from Mount San Antonio College guard Garrett Nevels.
It came down to UH and Morehead State. He said he intends to send in his LOI paperwork at a joint ceremony with Corey Allen (also recruited by UH, but he committed to South Florida) in a Friday ceremony at Mt. SAC.
Here's what Nevels had to say on the matter in some Q&A:
Q: When did you know your decision?
A: I would say yesterday (Tuesday) or Monday, kind of. I just kept thinking it over and made the final decision yesterday.
Q: How was your Morehead State visit and what did the comparisons come down to?
A: I had a great trip down there. But at Hawaii I just felt more comfortable. I loved the arena, 10,000 people, you can't beat that. Coach Arnold, he's been the only coach to come down to L.A. consistently and see me consistently. It was my decision and that's what I wanted.
Q: How would you sum up your last two years in junior college, now looking ahead to Division I basketball?
A: These last two years I've just grown as a player. I'm not the same player or person I was. I just want to put in the work to put Hawaii in a chance to win the conference and then go to the NCAA Tournament.
Q: Being from Los Angeles and playing JUCO ball in California, how do you think you'll like it in the Big West?
A: It's going to be fun to play in the Big West. I know players in there, and all my family's going to come to the games. It should be a good experience.
Q: How familiar are you with your new Hawaii teammates?
A: I don't know them that well yet, but when I was out there, all of them were pretty cool people. So we should get along fine.
Q: How would you describe your playing style at guard?
A: First of all, I play the wing. I also bring scoring and defense. Just trying to win games at the end of the day.
Q: Are you comfortable playing the point if necessary?
A: Oh yeah, I could grow into that. That's one thing I really want to work on over the summer.
Q: Your percentages in junior college (57 percent from the field, 81 percent at the line, 47 percent on 3s) are pretty impressive. How did you attain those numbers?
A: I always try to be efficient when I'm shooting. So I mean, it was just hard work paying off and trying to make good decisions.
Q: Do you know what your plans are this summer? You coming out early for summer school second session?
A: Oh yeah, I'm going to get out there by then.
Q: Are you planning to play in the summer league?
A: I'm not sure, I haven't heard anything about it.
Q: Besides your comfort with the UH coaching staff, any other factors that led to Hawaii for you?
A: Just the opportunity that's there for me. You were even interviewing me before I decided to go there. It was a no-brainer.
Q: Coming out of Palisades High, what were your options?
A: I wanted to go Division I, but I wasn't the same player I am now. Doors weren't open for me.
Q: What are the biggest strides you feel you've made since then?
A: Just becoming bigger, faster, stronger. A better ball-handler. Just all-around.
Q: You planning to send in your paperwork to UH today?
A: I want to sign the papers on Friday. Me and Corey (Allen) are supposed to sign together.
Q: On Corey going to South Florida, were you hoping you guys would end up playing together?
A: I mean, I want him to make the best decision for himself. We had a great two years here, and we're both on a different journey right now."
Today (Wednesday) is the first day of the spring signing period. Missouri transfer Negus Webster-Chan said he'd send in his LOI paperwork as soon as he receives it from UH.
Rainbow Wahine coach Laura Beeman said there were no signings for her team today but there are recruits in the works.