Fans will be able to get their first live look at the 2018-19 University of Hawai’i men’s basketball team when the Rainbow Warriors hold their annual Green & White scrimmage on Friday, Oct. 19 at the Stan Sheriff Center. The event begins at 6:00 p.m. and admission is free.
Arena gates open at 5:00 p.m. as fans will have the chance to watch the team go through practice, before a controlled scrimmage with multiple periods of varying lengths. Different lineup combinations will be on the floor as players will change teams throughout the evening.
Following the scrimmage, the team will hold an autograph session on the arena concourse. UH men’s basketball posters will be available for fans.
UH welcomes back four key returnees from last year, including Big West Hustle Player of the Year Sheriff Drammeh and Big West Sixth Player of the Year Jack Purchase. Backcourt mates Drew Buggs and Brocke Stepteau also return. The Rainbow Warrior newcomers are highlighted by junior college sharpshooter Eddie Stansberry and a trio of 7-footers in freshmen Dawson Carper, Mate Colina, and Owen Hulland.
The Rainbow Warriors will host Hawai’i Pacific at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 2 in an exhibition game before officially opening its regular-season on Friday, Nov. 9 versus Portland in the Outrigger Hotels Rainbow Classic.
The Rainbow Wahine basketball team will be putting on its first official event of the 2018-19 season with the Green and White scrimmage this Sunday inside the Stan Sheriff Center at 2:30 p.m. HT.
The Rainbow Wahine began practice in September to prepare for the upcoming season and will be returning a large percentage of the roster from a season ago. Junior guard Julissa Tago returns as the team’s leading scorer averaging just under 10 points a game as a sophomore.
Tago will join a group welcoming back four starters from last year, including senior forward, sharpshooter Lahni Salanoa, and potential double-double threat junior forward Makenna Woodfolk.
The two captains for this year’s squad are a tandem of senior guards in floor general Tia Kanoa, and the physical style of Rachel Odumu. Both are expected to play significant roles as they aim to lead this years’ ‘Bows back to the NCAA tournament.
The Green and White scrimmage will be the first tune-up as UH will welcome in UH Hilo for an exhibition on Nov. 1, followed by the season opener on Tuesday, Nov. 6 versus Pepperdine.
The matchup with the Waves will be the first time UH has begun a season at home since Beeman became the head coach before the 2012-2013 season.