HONOLULU – The University of Hawai’i men’s basketball program added the final piece to its 2016-17 signing class with the addition of Israeli post player Ido (EE-doh) Flaisher. The 6-10 Flaisher joins the Rainbow Warriors as a freshman and will have four years of eligibility.
Flaisher comes from UH having played two seasons on the junior team for Maccabi Tel Aviv B.C., one of the most storied basketball franchises in international basketball. He averaged 14.0 points and 7.3 rebounds for Maccabi Teddy Tel Aviv at the Adidas Next Generation Tournament and has practiced with Maccabi’s senior team.
“Ido fills a void in our frontcourt and brings a unique skill set, tremendous work ethic and motor,” UH head coach Eran Ganot said. “He comes from one of the top programs in all of Europe in Macabbi Tel Aviv and has also represented his country in a number of FIBA events. His best days are ahead of him and we’re looking forward to being part of his development. Most importantly, Ido is of high character, comes from a terrific family and values the role of a student-athlete. We’re fired up that he’ a part of the Rainbow Warrior family and so is he.”
Beside playing for Maccabi Tel Aviv, Flaisher also boast national team experience. He was set to be a starter on the Israeli U18 National Team this summer but was called up to play for the U20 team as a backup center. He competed in the FIBA U20 European Championships, a tournament which also featured UH sophomore guard Sheriff Drammeh (Sweden) and fellow freshman signee Zigmars Raimo (Latvia). As one of the youngest players in the entire tournament, he appeared in all seven games for Israel.
Also a member of the U16 and U18 national squads, he helped the “B” team to silver in the 2014 and ’15 European Championships
Flaisher is the eighth signee for the Rainbow Warriors this year. He’s also the third international player in this year’s recruiting class, joining freshman forward Raimo and guard Matthew Owies (Australia).2016-17 SigneesName, Pos, Ht, Hometown (Last School)
Noah Allen, G/F, 6-7, Pacific Grove, Calif. (UCLA)
Drew Buggs, G, 6-2, Long Beach, Calif. (Long Beach Poly HS)
Ido Flaisher, C, 6-10, Herzliya, Israel (Hadash High School)
Leland Green, G, 6-3, Redondo Beach, Calif. (Redondo Union HS)
Gibson Johnson, F, 6-8, Centerville, Utah (Salt Lake CC)
Larry Lewis, Jr., G, 6-2, Scottsdale, Ariz. (Odessa College)
Matthew Owies, G, 6-0, Melbourne, Australia (St. Kevin’s College)
Zigmars Raimo, F, 6-7, Madonas, Latvia (Riga Secondary School 49)