Hawaii basketball coach Eran Ganot confirmed the addition of Israeli center Ido Flaisher to the 2016-17 Rainbow Warriors today.
The 6-foot-10 Flaisher is the eighth member of UH’s signing class for the upcoming season. He’s been enrolled in Manoa classes since the start of the fall semester but required full NCAA clearance before UH could announce him. His commitment to the team was previously reported by the Star-Advertiser.
Flaisher, a freshman with four years of eligibility, previously played for the junior squad of respected Israeli club Maccabi Tel Aviv. Most recently, he played for Israel’s under-20 team in the FIBA European championships and played spot minutes in seven games.
He averaged 14.0 points and 7.3 rebounds for Maccabi at the Adidas Next Generation Tournament.
The Israeli is the tallest player on the Rainbows’ roster, and only true center. He received the last of 11 scholarships UH had to offer for 2016-17.
“Ido fills a void in our frontcourt and brings a unique skill set, tremendous work ethic and motor,” Ganot said. “He comes from one of the top programs in all of Europe in Maccabi Tel Aviv and has also represented his country in a number of FIBA events. His best days are ahead of him and we’re looking forward to being part of his development. Most importantly, Ido is of high character, comes from a terrific family and values the role of a student-athlete. We’re fired up that he’s a part of the Rainbow Warrior family and so is he.”