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At least three starting positions are up for grabs for the 2014-15 Rainbow Warriors, and players played like they were going to be handed out right then and there in the Stan Sheriff Center, crowing after big shots and defensive stops alike.

College basketball preseason events such as Hawaii's Green & White scrimmage late Saturday night are generally a good way for new players to get acquainted with their fan base.

Saturday's first full preseason practice for the 2014-15 Hawaii basketball team was months removed from UH's season-ending, first-round loss to Cal State Northridge in overtime at the Big West tournament in March.

Starting Saturday, waiting takes on a new form for the Hawaii men's basketball team. UH spent much off the offseason bracing for the results of an NCAA investigation into the program -- findings the collegiate governing body has yet to release.

When the Hawaii men's basketball team opens practice Saturday, the contracts of two of its coaches, Gib Arnold and Brandyn Akana, will be on hold, officials said.

Freshman forward Sammis Reyes suffered a possible broken toe on his right foot while competing in the team's annual "King of the Beach" fitness competition in Waikiki on Saturday morning.

What was supposed to be a $25,000 payday for the University of Hawaii men's basketball team has the appearance of becoming a $75,000 swing the other way while forcing the Rainbow Warriors to crisscross the country in the first three weeks of the season.

The Hawaii men's basketball team is "locked in" to participate in the Gulf Coast Showcase, a tournament spokesman said. The bracket for the eight-team tournament is slated to be released on Tuesday.

As one of his final acts as Manoa chancellor, Tom Apple signed nine of the 10 University of Hawaii coaching contract extensions presented to him, officials said.

The Hawaii men's basketball team has made preparations to drop an upcoming 2014-15 game against Washington State in Seattle and join the eight-team Gulf Coast Showcase tournament in Southwest Florida.

The sigh of relief was practically audible from Florida. Power forward Sammis Reyes, a signed recruit of the Hawaii men's basketball team, was finally cleared by the NCAA on Thursday for the 2014-15 season.

Confronted with allegations of more than 100 violations of NCAA rules by its men's basketball team in the mid-1970s, the University of Minnesota self-imposed some penalties before it faced the powerful NCAA Committee on Infractions.

The NCAA investigation of the University of Hawaii men's basketball program, now in its fourth month, is apparently undergoing an additional round of player interviews. At least two players, including a recent recruit, are said to have been summoned for interviews with investigators.

Isaac Fotu was one of the youngest ever to play for the New Zealand national basketball team three years ago, at age 17. Now the University of Hawaii's junior forward is a step closer to being a regular.

The University of Hawaii will not wait for the results of an ongoing NCAA inquiry and is preparing to announce a three-year contract extension for men's basketball coach Gib Arnold, officials confirmed.

A familiar face helped brighten up the Hawaii men's basketball 2014-15 schedule. The Rainbow Warriors will play Pittsburgh of the Atlantic Coast Conference at Maui's War Memorial Gym on Nov. 21.

A representative of the NCAA Enforcement Division was to arrive on Oahu on Tuesday and is expected to interview head coach Gib Arnold and his two remaining assistants, Benjy Taylor and Brandyn Akana.

The quest to become Division I head basketball coaches has taken Scott Fisher and Chris McMillian into the realm of junior college. Fisher and McMillian have accepted positions at separate two-year institutions.

Termination of Gib Arnold as the head coach of the University of Hawaii men's basketball team for cause would likely require him to have had knowledge of or been involved in significant NCAA violations, a prominent local employment attorney said.

The NCAA has requested another round of interviews with figures in its expanding investigation of the University of Hawaii men's basketball program, people briefed on the situation said Monday.

Former Hawaii basketball point guard Keith Shamburger chose Missouri to play his final season of hoops, the redshirt junior announced Saturday on his Twitter account.

The University of Hawaii does not plan to wait on the findings of an NCAA investigation before extending the contract of men's basketball coach Gib Arnold, officials said Wednesday.

Hawaii's options at guard for the 2014-15 season continue to expand. The Rainbow Warriors have a new prospect in Dallas Jesuit (Texas) High point guard Brocke Stepteau, who said Tuesday he plans to fly out to the islands in July and join UH as a walk-on.

Isaac Fotu made it clear on Monday he intends to return for his junior season coming off a campaign in which he was honored as a Big West All-Conference player, and put off his dream of playing professionally for now.

When the 2014-15 men's basketball season rolls around, Hawaii will have a new starting point guard. Again. Keith Shamburger, who got the starting nod in 30 of 31 games of 2013-14, intends to depart the Rainbow Warriors and play for another team.

Roderick Bobbitt gave his oral commitment to the Rainbow Warriors on Monday, choosing UH over other primary suitors Saint Mary's and Missouri. He visited the SMC campus but did not go to Mizzou, he said.

As a complete experience, a trip to North Texas for Final Four festivities and the 2014 Reese's Division I College All-Star Game was great for Christian Standhardinger. The all-star game itself? Less so for the Hawaii forward.

UH will add Tyler Harville of Lexington, Ky., as a preferred walk-on for the 2014-15 season and has a commitment from Abel Porter of Kaysville, Utah, to play for the Rainbow Warriors three seasons from now.

Christian Standhardinger has a chance to brand a new final memory as a college basketball player. The UH forward will participate in Friday's 2014 Reese's Division I College All-Star Game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, site of the Final Four.

University of Hawaii men's basketball averaged its largest home crowds in eight years this season, just missing the $1 million mark in ticket revenue, officials said.

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