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UH basketball team picks up 6-7 forward

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 01:00 a.m. HST, May 22, 2014

On the final day of the spring signing period, the Hawaii men's basketball team picked up a much-needed addition to its frontcourt.

UH signed 6-foot-7, 240-pound Sammis Reyes of North Broward Prep (Fla.) on Wednesday.

Reyes, who has experience with Chile's U-17 national team, is the third member of UH's 2014-15 signing class. Two of those players (along with guard Isaac Fleming) hail from East Coast prep schools.

Reyes averaged 17 points, 12 rebounds and four assists per game in helping his team from Coconut Grove, Fla., to the regional semifinals.

Among others interested in Reyes was fellow Big West school Long Beach State. Reyes recently took an official visit to the Manoa campus.

"We are thrilled to have Sammis join our team next year," UH coach Gib Arnold said in a release. "He was our number one big-man recruit and we felt it was important to wait until the last day to get him. He is a beast. ... He can bench press 325 pounds and play multiple positions. He has the strength of a power forward and the skills and athleticism of a guard. He really blew up during the spring basketball events. He had numerous offers and beating out the likes of Wichita State, Ohio and conference rival Long Beach State was not easy. Obviously we are thrilled he chose to be a Rainbow Warrior. Hawaii basketball fans will love watching Sammis' ferocious dunks in the Stan Sheriff Arena soon."

With the freshman Reyes, UH's frontcourt projects as 6-8 junior Isaac Fotu, 6-10 sophomore Stefan Jovanovic, 6-10 sophomore Stefan Jankovic and 6-8 sophomore Mike Thomas. 

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STARA25 wrote:
Hey Sir Charles, Welcome to Paradise! LOL, Mr. Barkley is my fav NBA player then and, now admired analyalist. When you last visited us and left with an encouraging remark: "... Hawaii is #1 on my list." (I kept my gingers crossed since). Seriously, You're Sir Sammis to me from now - A man who truly speaks his heart and keeps his promise. You've fell in love with Hawaii; Hawaii fell in love with you! You are strong physically and stronger in your mental dirables. Courage in the finest. Your personal impact on your future basketball team is already felt. Mahalo, for our shared happiness!
on May 21,2014 | 06:36PM
pauliboy wrote:
alrighty then, let's get busy!
on May 21,2014 | 06:38PM
hon2255 wrote:
ok let's get it right ,the guy is 6ft 6, somehow he grew an inch once he signed, need a 6ft 9 spider man to block and skyhook inside the paint
on May 21,2014 | 08:31PM
tsboy wrote:
6'9 spidermen don't exist. and if they did, they wouldn't be coming to UH. Sammis is a beast that loves to dunk. not the ideal big man but UH fans are going to love Sammis Reyes.
on May 22,2014 | 09:13AM
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