UH star forward Fotu ineligible due to NCAA inquiry
Fotu is in the process of appealing his ineligibility
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -
A 30-minute press conference in Manoa Wednesday afternoon revealed a treasure trove of information regarding the Rainbow Warrior basketball team.
Most notably, interim head coach Benjy Taylor dropped a bomb saying, if the season were to start today, the team would be without forward Isaac Fotu.
According to Taylor, while Totu has been allowed to practice, he is not eligible to play in Hawaii's season opener and is in the process of appealing his ineligibility.
When asked if Fotu's status was due to his participation on New Zealand's national team during the FIBA Basketball World Cup this summer, Taylor replied "no," and that it was directly related to the ongoing ncaa investigation.
Taylor also said the state of the program has left UH players vulnerable to poaching from opposing schools.
"We had people contacting Isaac Fleming when it (news of Gib Arnold's firing) first broke," Taylor said. "This is an ugly, ugly, ugly situation. The vultures are circling more so than college recruiters on the mainland. The vultures are circling right here in Hawaii too."
Fotu was an all-conference forward for UH last season.
He ranked second in the Big West in scoring and led the 'Bows in field goal percentage.