By Brian McInnis
There was a little buzz Wednesday about some possible big names on Hawaii's 2014-15 schedule. Players Keith Shamburger and Aaron Valdes tweeted about Kentucky (a current Final Four team) and Pittsburgh (coached by former UH assistant Jamie Dixon) coming to the Stan Sheriff Center in nonconference play.
got Pitt and Kentucky coming to the crib next year.
— Keith Shamburger (@MagicShammm) April 2, 2014
Kentucky and PITT next year coming to the SSC? #LetsGo
— AIR CUBA (@Gumby_32) April 2, 2014
Before you get too excited, here's what Gib Arnold sent in a message back to an inquiry about the big names: "Nothing done. Nothing signed. Nothing official."
You can take that to mean there's some talks going on between the schools (which is saying something by itself) but also that considerable work remains before UH will feel comfortable announcing this. Pitt previously came up in speculation that UH was looking to book the Panthers either before or after the 2014 EA Sports Maui Invitational, ala Illinois two years ago, but it was thought that window came and went. Perhaps not.
And Kentucky, well, that would be a whole different animal, even with John Calipari's squad about to do another reload of one-and-dones.
Stay tuned for more on this.
We've received word that the NCAA investigators looking into the men's basketball program concluded their on-campus business at UH by the end of March. Now, whether that's a good thing for the program remains to be seen.
Obviously, the sooner Arnold and Co. get resolution to the matter the better for them. But the NCAA isn't known for its speed in these matters, so don't be surprised if it's a while yet before they release their findings.
Congrats to Christian Standhardinger on his impending participation in the NABC-chosen 2014 Reese's Division I College Basketball All-Star game in Arlington, Texas, on Friday.
The all-senior event doesn't include the biggest names in college hoops, but it is one final chance for Standhardinger and other under-the-radar players (in a national sense) to showcase their abilities to scouts the day before the Final Four.
Speaking of the Final Four, how did your bracket picks pan out? Did anyone have UConn or Kentucky? Props to you if you did; any more than one out of four in this group of survivors deserves a self-pat on the back.