By Brian McInnis
One of the three 2014-15 Hawaii men's basketball signees, big man Sammis Reyes, will more than likely not appear in the College Summer League in Manoa, which begins on Saturday.
If the Rainbow Warriors are fortunate, that's where the disappointment will end and the Chilean will arrive on time for the fall semester.
I received a tip that Reyes has some work to do before he can make it out here from prep school. So I asked him on Thursday if he'll still be able to make it out here for July second session of summer school and the summer league.
Reyes replied, "I don't think I'll be able to," and that he still has NCAA paperwork to complete.
He later qualified that the amount of material he must get through to be admitted into UH is "a lot, actually," but that he's "working on it right now" and is still optimistic things will work out. "I'm really excited to go out there," he added.
It's still too early to panic on Reyes, but UH is staring at some pretty drastic frontcourt issues if it has difficulty bringing him on board by August. Remember, the only other bigs at present are Isaac Fotu, Stefan Jovanovic, Michael Thomas and Stefan Jankovic (once he's eligible). You can bet Gib Arnold and Co. will try to pull out the stops to make Reyes happen.
Most of the roughly seven or eight UH players expected to participate in the summer league won't be in action until summer school begins a week into the league schedule. The exceptions will likely be local products Dyrbe Enos and Zach Buscher.
I didn't get a chance to touch upon Michael Harper's departure in this space yet, so this one's for you, Harp.
UH will miss the affable Aussie's team spirit and selflessness as one of the end-of-the-bench guys over the last two seasons. Harper is bound for Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia, where he should get a chance at being a rotation player.
During at least one semester (the spring of 2013), Harper was placed on scholarship, which helped the team skirt some potential APR issues. Whether he returned to that capacity during the 2013-14 season isn't known for sure, but it's not believed he kept his full ride.
Fans will probably remember Harper for his inspired play off the bench during UH's season-ending loss to Air Force in the ill-fated participation in the 2013 CIT. He had some hot shooting streaks in scrimmages, as well. He was never one to shy away from hoisting up shots — for good or ill. He didn't lack gumption, that's for sure.
With the projected arrival of three new walk-on guards in Buscher, Tyler Harville and Brocke Stepteau, the 'Bows should be able to keep their scout team rolling.