UH men’s basketball holds first practice of 2016-17 season

Eran Ganot

With the upcoming season only about a month away, the University of Hawaii Rainbow Warrior basketball team kicked off its first practice of the 2016-17 season Friday.

In a gym full of new faces, sophomore Sheriff Drammeh stood out among new Rainbow Warriors. Drammeh, who averaged only 1.7 points in 13 minutes a game, will be one of only five returning players for the Rainbow Warriors hoping to have a larger impact this season.

After taking the ‘Bows to the NCAA tournament and picking up the program’s first-ever tournament victory, second-year head coach Eran Ganot is anticipating the upcoming challenges that will face this new team.

“You’re talking arguably the most turnover in the country. That’s not exactly a recipe for success, but it’s a great opportunity. It’s a great challenge. It’s the best time of the year, because you’re only working on yourself,” said Ganot. “So like last year’s team kept making jumps and improvement, they made a big jump in the fall and in the preseason practice period. I expect our team to do that as well. There’s talent here and guys have gotten better, so the expectation is that this team will get better from start to finish.”

Hawaii has a postseason ban this year due to NCAA sanctions.

The Rainbow Warriors are set to tip-off their season Oct. 22 with their annual green vs. white scrimmage. Their first game will be Nov. 11 against SIU Edwardsville.

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