Hawai’i men’s basketball assistant coach Brad Davidson joins ‘Wake Up in the Den with Ku’ulei Agbayani’

Hawai’i men’s basketball assistant coach Brad Davidson joins ‘Wake Up in the Den with Ku’ulei Agbayani’

Hawai’i men’s basketball assistant coach Brad Davidson joins ‘Wake Up in the Den with Ku’ulei Agbayani

BY PAUL BRECHT | HONOLULU
PUBLISHED JUNE 4, 2024

HONOLULU – From the Land Down Under, to the frigid cold of the Dakotas (both North AND South), to a happy medium in the middle in Hawai’i, Brad Davidson’s coaching career has taken plenty of twists and turns. 

It has also allowed him to take in plenty of action featuring plenty of talent. 

The veteran basketball coach sat down Tuesday for a getting-to-know episode of Wake Up in The Den with Ku’ulei Agbayani’ and discussed a multitude of topics including his 13-year playing career in the NBL, the time he was replaced by a young Patty Mills for the Australian national team and his foray into coaching. 

After learning about the foundation that built Hawai’i’s Aussie assistant coach, the conversation shifted over to the Rainbow Warriors and how Davidson got involved with the ‘Bows in the first place. Knowing head coach Eran Ganot for a while through days of working on the highest-level circuit in Australia for basketball, Davidson had always half-joked with the ‘Bows head coach that he would be ready at the ring of a phone for a spot on the staff in Hawai’i – and then pounced on the opportunity when the real telephone ring came. 

Since coming to Hawai’i ahead of the 2021 season, Davidson has continued helping produce high-level guards, including assistance in the development of JoVon McClanahan as an all-conference caliber player. With the 2024-25 edition of the ‘Bows, it’ll be a new group of talented faces that Davidson says he is looking forward to working with. 

“You can see the hunger there for him and the chip on his shoulder,” Davidson said of incoming transfer Marcus Greene while discussing Hawai’i’s recruiting class so far. “He also has great leadership skills which is [something apparent with incoming freshman] Aaron Hunkin-Claytor.” 

Davidson mentioned returning junior point guard Kody Williams along with freshman AJ Economou that will get a chance to compete for a role this season, discussing the little things that make each player unique in the process. Hawai’i also returns standout sophomore guard Tom Beattie and promising young forward Akira Jacobs as players expected to progress in year two. 

You can catch ‘Wake Up in The Den with Ku’ulei Agbayani’ live every weekday morning from 8-9 a.m. HT on 95.1 FM, AM 760 and streaming on hawaiisportsradio.com. The show is available after recording where most podcasts are, along with past OIA and HPU broadcasts and older interviews. 

Subscribe to our YouTube channel, Hawaii Sports Radio Network, for the behind-the-scenes of shows and interviews like this one and many more! 

Fore the Players Classic Hawaii NIL Golf Tournament

Fore the Players Classic Hawaii NIL Golf Tournament

Fore the Players Classic, NIL Golf Tournament for University of Hawaii Men’s Basketball

BY HSRN STAFF | HONOLULU
PUBLISHED MAY 20, 2024

One of the nation’s premier NIL golf events is coming to Hawai’i! Designed to help the players and the program, the money raised will directly support the University of Hawai’i Men’s Basketball student-athletes and build the NIL foundation for the future.

Hosted by a Campio Sports and a Surprise Celebrity Guest, participants will play championship golf, receive custom swag, and meet and mingle with current UH men’s basketball players.

What:     ‘Fore the Players Classic’
When:     Thursday, August 1
10:30 am – Registration in the Clubhouse
12:15 pm – Tee-Off
5:30 pm – Reception in the Clubhouse (Auction & Awards during Reception/Dinner)
Where:    Kapolei Golf Club, Kapolei, HI

What’s included: 18 hole contests + complimentary food & beverages + one-of-a-kind swag including custom gifts, high level prizes, autographs, & much more!

Contact: Jake Headrick
Phone: (205) 300-1145
Email: info@campiosports.com

Dynamic transfer guard Marcus Greene announces commitment to Hawai’i

Dynamic transfer guard Marcus Greene announces commitment to Hawai’i

Former HCU guard Marcus Greene has committed to Hawai’i men’s basketball | via UH Athletics, Marcus Greene

Dynamic transfer guard Marcus Greene announces commitment to Hawai’i

BY PAUL BRECHT | HONOLULU
PUBLISHED MAY 2, 2024

HONOLULU – The grass is certainly a bit more “Greene” for the Hawai’i Rainbow Warriors as the offseason recruiting cycle rages on. 

Hawai’i’s backcourt rotation for next season received a huge boost on Thursday as Houston Christian transfer Marcus Greene committed to the ‘Bows, via the guard’s Instagram account. The 6-foot-2 junior became the 2nd college transfer to commit to UH this offseason and should be an immediate contributor for the Rainbow Warriors after averaging 15.1 points per contest for the Huskies during the 2023-24 campaign, shooting 42.7% from 3-point range and dishing out three assists a game. 

The guard spent his freshman season at Sacramento State before spending a year at Panola College (TX), transferring out from the NJCAA program to HCU after helping lead the team to a top-10 national ranking and a regional final in his lone season. Greene visited the University of Hawai’i campus last weekend, meeting with the team and coaching staff as he mulled over his next college home. 

“Hawai’i is such a beautiful place, enriched with culture and is like no other place to live so that really spoke to me,” Greene said about what helped push him to Hawai’i. “Even more so, talking and spending time with the players and coaching staff made my decision clear.” 

The Gilroy, California-native guard fills another one of the holes left by the graduation of six seniors from last season’s Hawai’i team while providing a different level of athleticism in the backcourt. Greene, who knocked down a 3-pointer in 25 of 28 games last season and averaged 2.2 made 3-pointers per contest for the Huskies, is expected to help ease the loss of sharpshooting guards Juan Munoz and Noel Coleman. 

In 2023-24, Greene took his game to a higher level the better the competition got. Against high-major schools or programs from the NCAA tournament field, he averaged 17.4 points per game. Among other schools that were active in Greene’s recruitment included St. Bonaventure, UC Davis and San Jose State before the standout guard eventually decided to bring his talent to the islands of Hawai’i. 

The junior guard said that he’s already excited about getting to work with the staff and his new teammates, eyeing a dream season in his move to paradise. 

“I’m super excited and have high hopes on what we can be together as a team. Now, we can enjoy the fun in working and building up so we can become exactly what we strive for,” Greene said of his mindset going into his final year of eligibility. “It is really such a blessing that I can pursue academics and athletics here in Hawai’i.” 

Greene joins Utah Tech transfer Tanner Christensen as part of the ‘Bows reload, providing two experienced college players to a team that likely will see many minutes be filled with underclassmen such as Tom Beattie and Akira Jacobs. Hawai’i also will add Salesian point guard and three-star recruit Aaron Hunkin-Claytor as part of the 2024 recruiting class while continuing activity among transfer portal players. 

For the latest on Hawai’i recruiting, check out Hawai’i Sports Radio Network’s UH men’s basketball recruiting tracker, here.

Hawai’i receives commitment from Utah Tech 6-foot-10 shot blocker

Hawai’i receives commitment from Utah Tech 6-foot-10 shot blocker

via Tanner Christensen, University of Hawai’i

Hawai’i receives commitment from Utah Tech 6-foot-10 shot blocker

BY PAUL BRECHT | HONOLULU
PUBLISHED APR 1, 2024

HONOLULU – The re-loading of the University of Hawai’i men’s basketball team has kicked off with a big body in the middle. 

Former Utah Tech starting center Tanner Christensen announced his commitment to the Rainbow Warriors on Monday, giving head coach Eran Ganot’s team a much-needed shot blocker on the roster after the graduation of starter Bernardo de Silva and Mor Seck’s decision to enter the transfer portal. 

“What stuck out to me was how under [Ganot and staff] … that they’ve had a winning program and a history of competing for Big West titles,” Christensen said in a message to Hawai’i Sports Radio Network. “I’m most excited to play in front of the great fan base at UH and to explore the island.” 

In the past nine seasons, Hawai’i has won 60.5% of their games and has never finished a season under .500 in Big West play since Ganot took over. 

The big man from Spokane, WA also attended the Hawai’i men’s volleyball match against UC Santa Barbara to close out March, seeing the power of the Stan Sheriff Center when full.  

“I thought the fans and the atmosphere were awesome,” he said glowingly. 

Christensen, who stands at 6-foot-10 and 275 pounds, averaged 11.5 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game last season for Trailblazers while shooting 56% from the field and 60% from the charity stripe. He has increased his scoring average every season in college, blocked more shots last season than any player has in Ganot’s time at Hawai’i and has one season of eligibility remaining as a graduate transfer. 

It is the first of what many expect to be a flurry of additions for Hawai’i this offseason as the Rainbow Warriors lose six seniors to graduation and saw sophomore 7-foot-1 big Mor Seck enter the transfer portal. 

Hawai’i will also add prep guard Aaron Hunkin-Claytor as part of the 2024 recruiting class, a 3-star recruit according to 247Sports and the 2023-24 West Coast Preps Bay Area player of the year. The former ‘Iolani guard said in a text that he is “excited to play with Christensen” and has been working on his strength since his senior season at Salesian ended in the CIF Open Division State Championship game against Harvard-Westlake. 

Pepper, UC Davis holds off furious Hawai’i comeback attempt to advance to Big West championship

Pepper, UC Davis holds off furious Hawai’i comeback attempt to advance to Big West championship

Pepper, UC Davis holds off furious Hawai’i comeback attempt to advance to Big West championship

BY PAUL BRECHT | HONOLULU
PUBLISHED MAR 15, 2024

Too little, too late. 

After falling down by as much as 17 in the 2nd half, fifth-seeded Hawai’i gave second-seeded UC Davis a scare in the final minutes as the ‘Bows had a shot to take the lead with five seconds to play that bounced off back iron, allowing the Aggies to escape to Saturday’s Big West Tournament championship against Long Beach State. 

Hawai’i, coming off a 75-68 victory over #7 CSUN on Thursday, started slowly as UC Davis raced out to an 11-2 lead out of the gates behind the hot shooting of the three-guard lineup of Kane Milling, Ty Johnson and Big West Player of the Year winner Elijah Pepper. The Aggies continued to flex the offensive fire power by hitting nine of the first 12 attempts from the field en route to a 20-6 lead after eight minutes of action. 

The ‘Bows shook off the slow start to stick around, cutting the UC Davis lead to three with a 18-7 run over the next four minutes of game action behind a litany of Rainbow Warriors finding their touch from the field as UH drilled a pair of triples and attacked the rim far better than early on. 

Back-to-back Munoz 3-pointers brought Hawai’i within two and the 8th-year guard whipped a pass to Bernardo de Silva for a two-handed dunk to end the opening half keeping UH down a pair, 31-29. 

The 2nd half began similar to the first for Hawai’i, watching another sizzling UC Davis offensive spurt with a 17-2 run out of the break leading to a game-high 17-point lead for the Aggies after Pablo Tamba finished an alley-oop lob from Elijah Pepper with 13:57 left to play. 

Following a 30-second timeout from head coach Eran Ganot, Hawai’i’s offense settled once again as Ryan Rapp drained a straight away triple for the ‘Bows first field goal of the 2nd half. Justin McKoy scored the next four points before Munoz drilled another 3-pointer for Hawai’i, but UH continued struggling getting stops against UC Davis as the margin remained 17 through the 10:47 mark of the 2nd half. 

A 7-0 Hawai’i run in a blink of an eye brought the ‘Bows back within ten after Akira Jacobs drilled his 2nd 3-pointer of the evening before making his third and fourth foul shots of the season to make it 58-48 UC Davis with 8:31 left to play. While the deficit remained around double-digits until the three-minute mark for Hawai’i, the ‘Bows had their swagger back for one last push for an upset in the semifinals. 

Six consecutive makes from the free throw line for UH brought Hawai’i within four, 66-62, with 1:17 left in regulation before Pepper lost the ball off his leg to give the ‘Bows a chance to cut it to a one-possession game with more than a minute left. 

Ty Johnson came up with a clutch strip on McKoy’s drive on the next possession, keeping the two-possession lead for UC Davis while the Aggies drained every second off of the clock possible. After Hawai’i forced a shot clock violation, McClanahan powered through contact for an and-one at the rim that brought UH within one, 66-65, with 27 seconds to play. 

Without any timeouts, the Rainbow Warriors came up with a steal at midcourt as Noel Coleman jumped a passing lane to provide the go-ahead chance to Hawai’i but McClanhan’s stepback jumper from the left elbow bounced off back rim and Justin McKoy was called for a loose-ball foul as the ‘Bows fell in the semifinals, 68-65. 

UC Davis All-Big West 1st team selection and conference Player of the Year Elijah Pepper willed the Aggies to victory down the stretch, pouring in a game-high 25 points on 10-of-23 shooting with 17 points coming in the final 20 minutes. Kane Milling followed behind with 14 points and seven rebounds in 34 minutes of action while Ty Johnson added 12 points and five dimes in the victory for UC Davis. 

Hawai’i was led by Bernardo de Silva’s 14 points in 34 minutes, making 5-of-6 FG attempts and going 4-for-6 at the charity stripe in the loss. Juan Munoz and Justin McKoy were the other two Rainbow Warriors in double figures, finishing with 11 and 10 points respectively. 

JoVon McClanahan added nine points off the bench for Hawai’i, going 7-for-7 at the free throw line and nearly adding one final buzzer-beating memory to his UH ledger as his jumper went awry for the ‘Bows at the end.  

Freshman Akira Jacobs matched a season-high with eight points and a pair of 3-pointers while Tom Beattie provided physical defense across 31 minutes and chipped in a bucket in the ‘Bows loss. 

Hawai’i now discusses postseason options for a large graduating class of six seniors, considering joining the College Basketball Invitational tournament, a single-elimination tournament featuring 16 teams that were not selected to the NCAA Tournament or NIT. Teams participating in the CBI pay a $27,500 entry fee for playing in the tournament.