I don't know if you've had the chance to see this year's version of the University of Hawai`i men's basketball team, but if not, you really should take the time to watch these guys play live at the Stan Sheriff Center or at least follow them on TV. For this is a team that experienced some success last year amid rampant turmoil with an interim coach after beginning even before that with an unethical father figure as its coach, and is now on its third coach in 18-months, a coach who should be Big West Coach of the Year for not only winning lots of games but also for keeping sanity in a program that had run amok due largely to poor leadership.
This is a team of youngsters from here and afar who have come together with, perhaps, a bit of a chip on its shoulders to prove to the doubters and the bewildered and punitive NCAA that it has the tools to grow and mature right before our very eyes without much bureaucratic help or sympathy. While some eligible juniors might be thinking of leaving after this season due to NCAA sanctions next season, all of the players are coming together, including a vibrant bench that adds the word "fun" to the game's fundamentals with its in-game antics.
You've heard of "me first"? Well this squad understands "we first".
To scout Hawai`i is headache-inducing, as so-called top line players have been out with injuries, yet capable subs have more than happy to score in double figures or control the game tempo and provide energy if need be. With a month to go, it's too early to tell where this saga will end, but if ever there was a team that proved life lessons and overcoming adversity are great character builders that make college athletics worthwhile, this team is it. Don't miss this show while it's still in town. Think about it…