Friday, June 28, 2002
Amber Lee, who will be a senior at McKinley High School this year, said yesterday she has made a verbal commitment to play basketball for Hawaii.
Lee commits to UHRigot in final 2
She won't be able to sign a binding national letter of intent until the early signing period in November.
Lee made the early decision after receiving interest from several mainland schools, including Florida Atlantic and Troy State in Alabama.
"I think it's a good school and I like their system, very strict," said the 6-foot-1 Lee. "I really didn't consider any other school. I just wanted to stay home."
Jesse Victorino, Lee's coach at McKinley, said, "Her mom (Dian) wanted her to stay home. When UH started to watch her play, I told Vince (Goo, Wahine coach), 'You probably have the inside track.'
"I'm happy for her because she gets to play for a major Division I school."
Lee was the Oahu Interscholastic Association Eastern Division Player of the Year and a Star-Bulletin first-team all-state selection.
She played center for the Tigers and led all Oahu scorers with 17.8 points per game.
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Kentucky basketball coach Tubby Smith has narrowed the search for his next assistant to two candidates. One is current Hawaii assistant Scott Rigot.
Rigot in final 2
for Kentucky job
"I'll know more after this weekend," Rigot said last night. "Nothing has been offered."
The position is expected to go to either Rigot or new Wyoming assistant Joe Dooley, according to the Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Ledger. Each is a former college head coach with a reputation as an excellent recruiter and each has previously worked with Smith.
Rigot, 39, and Smith were assistants on George Felton's staff for three years at South Carolina. Rigot was a graduate assistant in 1986-87 and worked the next three seasons as a part-time assistant. Smith left South Carolina in 1989 to become a Kentucky assistant.
Prior to joining the Rainbows staff in 1999, Rigot was a head coach at Spartanburg (S.C.) Methodist Junior College for six years, and an assistant at Alabama-Birmingham for three.
The opening was created this past spring when Kentucky assistant Mike Sutton left to become head coach at Tennessee Tech.
Smith has said he wanted to hire a replacement by the end of June.
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