UH Men’s Basketball: 2024 Offseason Recruiting/Transfer Portal Tracker

UH Men’s Basketball: 2024 Offseason Recruiting/Transfer Portal Tracker

UH Men’s Basketball: 2024 Offseason Recruiting/Transfer Portal Tracker 

BY PAUL BRECHT | HONOLULU
PUBLISHED APR 8, 2024

The 2024 offseason presents a big remodeling of the Hawai’i men’s basketball program, losing six seniors and injured sophomore center Mor Seck to the transfer portal. In all, the ‘Bows lose the top five point-producers from the past season with the graduation of 1,000-point scorers Noel Coleman and Bernardo de Silva, all-Big West selection Justin McKoy, sharpshooting 8th-year guard Juan Munoz and late-clock magician & prime table-setter JoVon McClanahan. 

The quintet of Rainbow Warriors leave many holes on the roster to fill for head coach Eran Ganot and staff to fill. Hawai’i returns promising young prospects in 6-foot-5 guard Tom Beattie and 6-foot-9 forward Akira Jacobs while looking to soon-to-be juniors Kody Williams and Harry Rouhliadeff to take a leap in production. Ryan Rapp, the sweet-shooting guard from Australia that started 18 games in 2023-24 for Hawai’i, is also expected to return next season. The ‘Bows also have signed 6-foot-3 guard Aaron Hunkin-Claytor and have early-enrollee high-flying wing AJ Economou ready to join the fray entering next year. 

Since contact with recruits/transfers has been permitted, the Hawai’i men’s basketball staff has been on the road hard at work to help fill in the missing puzzle pieces for competing for the Big West in 2024-25. Below, you can find an up-to-date list on the latest in ‘Bows basketball recruiting from rumors to offers to commitments. 


 

UH hosting NJCAA D1 All-American guard for weekend visit (NEWS)

(APRIL 12) Hawai’i continued a heavy pursuit of former Casper College guard Darius Robinson over the weekend as the 6-foot-1 shooter visited the islands for a multi-day stay, the Chicago native posted on his Instagram story. Averaging more than 18 points per contest on 42% 3-point shooting, Robinson helped his Casper (Wyo.) team to a 24-9 record in his sophomore season with creative playmaking and elite long-range shooting and was named an NJCAA Division I All-American honoree.

Robinson was the 2nd-best free throw shooter in NJCAA D1, hitting at an 89.3% clip from the stripe. His 111 3-point makes ranked fifth-most in the country among JUCO shooters while there were only 15 players in the NCAA from Division I, II and III to hit more threes than the Casper guard in 2023-24. The visit to Hawai’i for Robinson continues a prolonged courtship from the Rainbow Warriors with first reported interest and contact between the two coming back at the end of February.


 

Rainbow Warriors, other Big West programs check up on Idaho guard EJ Neal 

(APRIL 9) Former Idaho Vandals guard EJ Neal has heard from Hawai’i, Cal State Fullerton and UC Santa Barbara out of the Big West since entering the transfer portal, he told @ThePortalReport on X on April 9. The 6-foot-5 junior guard appeared in 29 games for Idaho this past season, starting eight of them. 

Before his transfer to Idaho, Neal was a two-time 1st team Coast North honoree and two-time All-Defense player at City College of San Francisco. The guard was the 2023 Coast North Defensive Player of the Year and went 61-5 in two years at the JUCO level. Neal has also heard from high-major programs such as UCLA and USC while Washington State and St. Bonaventure have also checked in with the defensive standout. 

****UPDATE: Neal announced his commitment to Sacramento State on Saturday, April 13.****


 

Former LA prep guard, Montana State three-level scorer hears from Hawai’i 

(APRIL 9) Former Montana State freshman guard Jaqari Miles heard from Hawai’i and a bevy of other schools, he told @ThePortalReport on April 9. The 6-foot-4 guard scored 10 points in his collegiate debut before suffering an injury that forced him to miss the remainder of the year. He received a medical redshirt for the year and holds four years of eligibility still. 


 

Hawai’i in the mix for former 4-star, 6-foot-8 wing out of ACC (OFFER/RUMOR) 

(APRIL 3) UH has been in contact regarding the transfer process of Virginia Tech redshirt sophomore John Camden, ESPN college basketball insider Jeff Borzello reported on April 3. The 6-foot-8 forward was rated as a 4-star recruit by Rivals and was ranked as high as the 90th-best recruit in the class of 2021 when he committed to the University of Memphis.

Camden dealt with injuries early in his college career that sidetracked the shooter, slowing development at Memphis before deciding to transfer to Virginia Tech (LSU was also in consideration until the end). After two seasons with the Hokies, Camden re-entered the transfer portal with two years of eligibility remaining. 


 

Christensen becomes first to join Rainbow Warriors’ reload (COMMIT)

(APRIL 1) Tanner Christensen, a 6-foot-10 center from Spokane, WA, was the first UH commitment of the offseason, coming to the islands via the transfer portal on Monday, April 1 after spending the past two seasons in St. George playing for Utah Tech in the Western Athletic Conference. 

While suiting up for the Trailblazers, Christensen started 63 out of 63 possible games and increased his scoring average into double digits by his second season. Hawai’i has been eyeing the big man for a long time – 2024 is the 2nd transfer of Christensen’s career after spending two seasons at Idaho – and finally got their guy in a sturdy, mature 24-year-old with a polished offensive game and a knack for swatting shots. 


 

NJCAA D1 National Champion 6-foot-7 wing offered by the ‘Bows (OFFER)

(MARCH 26) Barton Community College wing Lajae Jones was offered by Eran Ganot and the University of Hawai’i, the left-handed shooter announced on his social media on March 26. After the offer, Barton went on to win the NJCAA Division I championship to cap off a 36-1 year as Jones led the team in points per game (15.4), 3-point percentage (42.2%) and field goal percentage (54.0%) in his sophomore season. 

The lanky forward showed off impressive athleticism and a soft 3-point stroke in a well-rounded offensive game while flashing creation ability for himself and untapped potential as a distributor. According to his social media, Jones holds offers from Stephen F. Austin, Samford, St. Bonaventure, Murray State, Eastern Kentucky, tournament-darling Oakland (MI) and others. 


 

Hawai’i interested & active in Casper guard, top JUCO shooter’s recruitment (RUMOR/INTEREST) 

(FEB 22) Casper College (WY) guard Darius Robinson is a name to keep an eye on during the offseason transfer cycle for Hawai’i after the sophomore guard finished his second season at the NJCAA Division I program. Via Rising Ballers & JUCO Exposure Networks on Instagram, the 6-foot-1 guard from Chicago, Illinois has heard from the Rainbow Warriors among many other schools as he looks for a home among the NCAA Division I level. 

Robinson started all 33 games for Casper in 2023-24, averaging 18.4 points per game, second-most on the 24-9 Thunderbirds’ roster. The guard is an elite shooter, hitting at a 41.9% clip from behind the 3-point arc on eight long range attempts per contest – even ranking 2nd in the nation from the free throw line (89.3%). He hit 111 3-pointers in total last season, 44 more than Juan Munoz’s UH-best 67 made triples in 2023-24 and 5th-most among all players the NJCAA Division I level. 

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.