By Brian McInnis
Expecting the bar to rise another notch was probably unrealistic.
We may have been a little spoiled by level of participation of current University of Hawaii men's basketball players in the College Summer League over the last couple of years.
The numbers are down in the rosters revealed for the 38th running of the league, but among the six 2014-15 UH players slated to participate are all three members of the signing class for the coming college hoops season — Roderick Bobbitt, Isaac Fleming and Sammis Reyes.
The summer league regular season starts up June 28 and runs through Aug. 5 at the Manoa Valley District Park, with the same doubleheader format — 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. — on any game night. The majority of games are on Thursdays and Saturdays but with the occasional Tuesday thrown in. The playoffs are somewhat different — this time featuring a format of three consecutive days of play Aug. 7-9. Those will again be held at Maryknoll's gym.
Ex-'Bow Julian Sensley will be around to defend last year's title with Wealth Strategy Partners, but as of this roster last year's league MVP Aaron Valdes will not be playing.
There's plenty of the regular former Division II and small-college players you come to expect. UH fans might also be excited to see Phil Martin listed among the expected participants. Others, like expected Rainbows walk-ons Tyler Harville and Brocke Stepteau, are not listed right now.
The team names are the same, with the exception of Central Medical Clinic, which became Chosen Few.
Here's the list of active and former UH players by team. Keep in mind rosters have a way of changing on the fly leading up to (and even during) the games. Bolded names are current UH players.
Chosen Few (coached by David Patterson) — Zach Buscher, Bill Amis, Jace Tavita
Clark Hatch Fitness (Tim Thorpe and Al Kam) — Isaac Fleming, Phil Martin
Grantco Pacific (Allan Silva) — Roderick Bobbitt, Geremy Robinson, Christian Standhardinger, Tyler Brown
National Fire Protection Co. (Gilbert Hicks) — Mike Thomas
Solar Universe (Artie Wilson) — Sammis Reyes, Dyrbe Enos, Tim Shepherd
Wealth Strategy Partners (Marco Johnson) — Julian Sensley, Miah Ostrowski