HONOLULU – University of Hawai`i men’s basketball coach Gib Arnold announced the signing of talented power forward Sammis Reyes to a National Letter of Intent during the final day of the spring signing period. Reyes will join the team next fall as a freshman and will have four years of eligibility.
The 6-6, 240-pound Reyes has the body of a big man but displays the gifts of a perimeter player. Reyes averaged 17 points, 12 rebounds and four assists during his senior season at North Broward Prep in Coconut Grove, Fla., where he helped lead the Eagles to the regional semifinals. Earlier this year he was selected to play in the TOC Tri-County All-Star Basketball Classic in Dillard, Fla.
“We are thrilled to have Sammis join our team next year,” Arnold said. “He was our number one big-man recruit and we felt it was important to wait until the last day to get him. He is a beast. At 6-6, 240 pounds he can bench press 325 pounds and play multiple positions. He has the strength of a power forward and the skills and athleticism of a guard. He really blew up during the spring basketball events. He had numerous offers and beating out the likes of Wichita State, Ohio, and conference rival Long Beach State was not easy. Obviously we are thrilled he chose to be a Rainbow Warrior. Hawai’i basketball fans will love watching Sammis’ ferocious dunks in the Stan Sheriff Arena soon.”
Reyes is a native of Chile and competed on the U16 national team during the 2011 FIBA Americas Championship. Reyes joins previous UH signees Isaac Fleming and Roderick Bobbitt.
“The addition of Sammis along with the highly talented and athletic guards Isaac Fleming and Roderick Bobbitt gives us three athletic and powerful incoming basketball players. When you add on our two transfers—6-7 Negus Webster Chan and 6-11 Stefan Jankovic—I believe this is the deepest and most talented recruiting class we’ve had.”
2014-15 Recruiting Class
Roderick Bobbitt, 6-3, 205, G, Jr., Oakland, Calif., Indian Hills Community College
Isaac Fleming, 6-4, 190, G, Fr., New Castle, Del., Massanutten (Va.) Military Academy
Sammis Reyes, 6-6, 240, F, Fr., North Broward Prep