By Brian McInnis
MONDAY UPDATE: Indian Hills Community College guard Roderick Bobbitt has verbally committed to UH.
With Wednesday's news that Abel Porter is still uncommitted leading up to his two-year LDS mission, let's talk about a couple guys who could be part of Hawaii's immediate future.
I've been told that UH just hosted Navarro (Texas) College 6-foot-10 sophomore center Jaleel Cousins for an official visit early this week. Cousins, the younger brother of the Sacramento Kings' DeMarcus Cousins, averaged 7.1 points and 4.8 rebounds per game on 52.9 percent shooting. His complete stats for Navarro's 21-10 team may be found here.
With the departures of Christian Standhardinger and Davis Rozitis, UH is in desperate need of size heading into next season, so any 6-10 bodies still around are a commodity at this point heading into the late signing period.
Centers tend to do without eye-popping numbers in guard-driven JUCO ball, so he shouldn't be judged too harshly for his modest stats. Cousins blocked about a shot per game, so he's not elite in that area but you'd have to hope there is room for growth.
I'll try to firm up where Cousins stands in his recruitment.
UH is still set to host Indian Hills (Iowa) Community College guard Roderick Bobbitt this weekend.
The 6-foot-3 Bobbitt was an all-around performer at IHCC, ala Brandon Spearman a few years ago before he made the move to Manoa. Bobbitt averaged 15.9 points, 5.5 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game for an elite (34-3) team and shot a respectable 47.2 percent. His complete stats are here.
There are obstacles in place for UH to get Bobbitt. IHCC coach Barrett Peery, Gib Arnold's cousin, is reportedly off to take an assistant coaching position at Arizona State, meaning Bobbitt might go along with him. And other offers Bobbitt reportedly has include power conference teams Oklahoma and Missouri.
Ex-UC Riverside forward Joshua Fox is reportedly off to UC Davis, wiping one name off UH's board — though it was looking doubtful after Fox's visit in the fall did not result in any form of commitment. Those will be some interesting battles in the Big West between Hawaii-Davis and Davis-Riverside in the coming season.
The signing period is upcoming swiftly at April 16, so stay tuned for updates.