Honolulu, HI. — It has been a whirlwind for the ‘ohana over in Honolulu these past couple of weeks, as the preparation for the upcoming 2017-18 season is in full swing.
From former players taking part in the NBA Summer League, to the program landing a ‘big’ commitment, a lot has happened surrounding the Hawai’i Warriors.
Hawai’i Alum in the Summer Leagues
The 2017 Orlando and MGM Resorts Las Vegas summer leagues are all wrapped up, with the Dallas Mavericks and the Los Angeles Lakers winning their respective leagues.
Noah Allen, a first-team all-Big West selection and a team captain last year for the Bows, played in the Las Vegas summer league for the Golden State Warriors. In his first game with the defending NBA champions, he saw 12 minutes of action and pitched in four points, three rebounds and an assist.
Over the course of his next three games, he would struggle, only putting up three points in 20 minutes (he didn’t play in the third game due to a coaches decision). He would bounce back against the Boston Celtics, shooting 50% from the field and making his lone three pointer.
Stefan Jankovic, another University of Hawai’i alum, played in his second summer league with the Orlando Magic as a part of the Mountain Dew Orlando Pro Summer League. He played with the Miami Heat last year in the 2016 summer league, and went on to compete with the Heat’s D-League affiliate.
Jankovic, a former Big West Conference Player of the Year, was unfortunately held out of the Magic’s first three summer league games because of coaches decision. In his fourth game, he logged six minutes but failed to make a shot, missing the only two he took.
The next game against the Charlotte Hornets, he cracked the starting lineup but still failed to get on the board after missing his three shot attempts from downtown.
The chances of either player making an NBA roster is very bleak, as either player didn’t make too much of an impact. They have a better chance of either playing in the newly branded G-League or playing overseas.
Mate Colina commits to the Warriors
Hawai’i is officially out of scholarships for the 2017-2018 season, as Mate Colina has verbally committed to playing for the Warriors after the first semester. According to Brian McInnis over at the Star Advertiser, “it sounds probable he will red-shirt the spring, with an eye on a full go at the start of 2018-19.”
Mate, pronounced Mahh-Teh, is a “huge” add for head coach Eran Ganot and his staff. He stands at 6-11 and is a 230-pound center from Melbourne, Australia.
He will immediately become the biggest player on the roster, and is a big add as Eran and his staff are dipping into Australia to recruit players.
Hawai’i makes the move to Under Armour
Hawai’i basketball’s Twitter page has announced that all of Hawaii’s athletics will be now sponsored by Under Armour.
Hawai’i adds a proven winner to their coaching staff
The assistant coaching vacancy with the men’s program has been filled by former Montana assistant head coach Marlon Stewart.
Per the Missoulian Staff, “his roles within the Griz program were to help coach the defense and manage the recruiting operations, scouting and team compliance.”
It seems like he was used like a Swiss army knife among the Montana program, and will be a big asset among the Warriors as well.
In his first two seasons with the Grizzlies, he served as the Director of Basketball Operations. In those two seasons, he helped the program go to a 41-25 overall record. Later, in the summer of 2016, he was promoted to assistant head coach.
The number one thing the Warriors will gain from Stewart is his experience from winning. The teams that he has been apart of in his coaching career have reached post-season play in his last ten seasons, which includes two Sweet Sixteen appearances and three conference championships.
– T. Zust