Enos' silent productivity
You get your fair share of trash talking and complaining about calls in the College Summer League — and that's just from the coaches. Players generally have more leeway with the referees than you'd see in a Division I game, and guys tend to take full advantage of it, pleading their case on every call (or no-call).
Then again, some guys just go out and play. Hawaii third-year sophomore Dyrbe Enos falls into that category.
It's true that being a point guard means you need to be a vocal player out on the court, helping direct traffic and getting teammates to the spots where they can maximize their effectiveness. That's one aspect of the job that doesn't come naturally to Enos, but one he's worked on improving.
What does come natural: pure shot-making. That's been on full display this summer, especially one game in which he dropped six 3-pointers in a half.
On Thursday, Enos scored 10 of his 12 points in the second period as Solar Universe pulled away for a 95-81 win over reeling Grantco Pacific, which dropped its fifth straight after a 3-1 start.
Veteran baller Derrick Low led the way with 26 points, helping Solar get back to 4-4 with two straight wins. He was absent from some of Solar's previous contests.
"What really helped was Derrick," Enos said. "I mean, that was one of our biggest keys to the game. I guess with him running the point and stuff, we become more confident and we can do more. And the results are showing, we're getting W's now."
Enos is listed at 5-9, which means the Kamehameha alumnus won't be in the mix at shooting guard come UH's preseason practices.
But the battle at point guard will be wide open with the departure of Keith Shamburger. Last year's backup Quincy Smith and combo guards Isaac Fleming and Roderick Bobbitt will be vying for playing time in the backcourt. There's also newcomer Brocke Stepteau (who scored five points for Grantco on Thursday) and last year's redshirt, Niko Filipovich.
And, of course, there's the humble Enos. He served as the third-string point guard as a redshirt freshman in 2013-14, and shot well on 3s (10-for-27, 37 percent) in a limited setting.
He was asked how the position might project now, and where he saw himself among that mix.
"Just be thankful for the guards they got coming in, I guess," he said. "And then, just playing my type of ball. And hopefully it'll play out throughout the season. So, yeah."
Once again, Enos doesn't go out and talk. He just goes to work. Quietly, he just might carve out a larger role for himself with the Rainbow Warriors in the coming season.
The first game of the night went to Wealth Strategy Partners, 103-93, over Chosen Few behind a combined 56 points from William Broadus and Waly Coulibaly. Wealth Strategy (5-4) has displayed some great ball movement lately and moved into third place with one game to play in the summer regular season.
Bill Amis scored 30 points in the loss for Chosen (6-2), which still has the inside track to the top playoff seed. UH incoming freshman Zach Buscher watched this one from the sidelines.
The highlight (lowlight?) of the game: a couple players got ejected for fighting in the second half.
Look for the Hawaii women's basketball team 2014-15 schedule to be released on Friday. A couple of teasers: the Rainbow Wahine will open on the road again, and there's some big-name opponents coming to the Stan Sheriff Center again.
Fans of Laura Beeman and the Wahine should be quite pleased.