Sammis Reyes

Hawaii freshman will transfer out of the program

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Hawaii will lose a freshman who never played a minute for the team as forward Sammis Reyes is heading back to Florida to enroll in junior college. According to a report from Brian McInnis of the Honolulu Star-Advertiserthe 6-foot-6 Reyes will enroll at Palm Beach State and attempt to re-enter Division I basketball for the 2016-17 season.

“It’s the best situation for me to get re-recruited and start the process all over again,” Reyes said in the story. “And hopefully get some good looks down the road.”

Reyes is a native of Chile and dealt with a few injuries this season. Reyes injured a toe in the preseason and decided to leave the program after former head coach Gib Arnold was fired in late October. Reyes then decided he wanted to give Hawaii’s team a shot and returned to the team under new head coach Benjy Taylor, but he injured his hand during practice. Hand surgery cost Reyes the entire 2014-15 season and that injury is another reason he’s leaving the team.

“That’s one of the main reasons why I’m leaving,” Reyes said in the story. “I wanted to play, and then I got hurt, my toe first and now I hurt my hand, so I can’t play. If I’m sitting out, I’d much rather sit out at home (in Florida), you know?

“I was really looking forward to playing here. But you know, it is what it is. Circumstances weren’t the best. Coach got fired, I got injured twice. So, just move on to something new. Hopefully I get some more luck there, man.”

It sounds like Reyes just had a string of incidents not go his way duiring his time on the island between injuries and losing his head coach. After a few seasons of adding strength and skill at the junior college level, he should be an interesting prospect to track leaving junior college.

Freshman forward elects to return to Hawaii program

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The last month has been a difficult one for the Hawaii basketball program. An ongoing NCAA investigation (the school has yet to receive its Letter of Allegations) led to the school deciding to remove head coach Gib Arnold and assistant coach Brandyn Akana from their posts, and All-Big West forward Isaac Fotu was declared ineligible before he decided to turn pro (he’s now in Spain).

Add to this the fact that freshman forward Sammis Reyes decided to leave the program, and acting head coach Benjy Taylor had a host of issues to deal with in advance of the team’s regular season opener against Arkansas-Pine Bluff Friday night. However Thursday turned out to be a good day for the Rainbow Warriors, as Reyes returned to practice according to Brian McInnis of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Reyes made note of the persistence of Taylor and assistant coach Senque Carey, with their conversations ultimately leading to Reyes’ change of heart.

“I think the coaching staff really helped me a lot (to) make this decision,” Reyes said after practice. “Coach Q (assistant coach Senque Carey) and Coach Taylor helped me, showing me what they were planning on doing, and all the good stuff that’s going on. So I decided to stay.”

Reyes’ return is important for a team that was already lacking front court depth in the aftermath of Fotu’s departure. Reyes and sophomore forward Michael Thomas will need to produce for Hawaii, with Missouri transfer Stefan Jankovic eligible at the end of the semester.

Taylor will likely have to go small with his lineups in the meantime, with senior Garrett Nevels (13.1 ppg, 3.2 rpg in 2013-14) and Missouri transfer Negus Webster-Chan leading the way on the perimeter.