HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Injuries have plagued Gib Arnold in his first season as the UH men's basketball coach.
It started in the preseason with newcomers Dominick Brumfield and Anthony Salter. Salter eventually left the team because of a lack of playing time.
Starting point guard Hiram Thompson has been dealing with an injury to his lower back. However, he's been able to play in every game except one.
The biggest loss however, has been starting power forward Bill Amis, who has missed the last 10 games with a stress fracture in his right foot.
The senior leads the team in scoring at nearly 16 points per game.
Amis is still not 100 percent and is listed as day to day. Arnold says it's possible that Amis could play this week, but he says he doesn't want to take any chances.
"It's still, it's been day-to-day on him," Arnold said. "He's a little more mobile than he was. He won't be practicing again today. You know obviously we'd love to see him, but we're not going to see him until he's ready. I don't want to do something that can hurt him throughout his career, so we're being very cautious with him. We hope to see him, at least for a few minutes, but we don't know yet."
However, there was some good news out of practice Monday.
The Star-Advertiser reports that Brumfield showed heaps of improvement in his injured right knee, even throwing down a couple of big dunks during a team scrimmage.
Arnold said the 6-foot-8 forward could get more minutes in this week's games.
There is actually a doubleheader of UH basketball on Thursday night.
The Rainbow Wahine play their WAC opener against New Mexico State at 5 PM.
After that, the men's team takes on Idaho at 7:30.
However, if you attend the women's game and want to stay for the men's game, you will need to purchase another ticket.
We'll have both games for you live on KFVE.