Star-Bulletin Sports



Rainbows keep eyes
on overseas players

Hawaii receives a commitment
from a Slovenian forward and
continues to look for foreign recruits

By Dave Reardon

The Hawaii basketball team is in a familiar recruiting pattern. The Rainbows went the foreign route to get a freshman with some height yesterday, and are using their mainland and junior college connections to pursue guards and small forwards.

Yesterday was the first day of the signing period, and UH received a written commitment from Dane Dmitrovic of Slovenia, a 6-foot-10, 205-pound forward.

Dmitrovic, of Gimnazija High School, is the latest in a long line of international players for UH. He is the second Slovenian Rainbow -- forward Alex Zivanovic played for Hawaii from 1995 to 1997.

Dmitrovic averaged 16 points and 10 rebounds and helped his team to the Slovenian high school championship and the world high school championship in Turkey.

"Dane runs the court very well," UH coach Riley Wallace said. "He is a nice inside-out scorer and he tells me he likes to play defense."

The Rainbows are also hoping to sign 6-7 forward Emigijus "Luke" Lukosius out of Weatherford (Texas) JC. The Lithuanian visited UH two weeks ago.

Michael Kuebler, a 6-5 guard from Clackamas (Ore.) Community College, is also leaning toward UH. Kuebler said his visit to UH is tentatively scheduled for the weekend of April 20-21.

Barton (Kan.) Community College's Jason Carter visited last weekend. South Carolina has reportedly joined Fresno State and Cincinnati in the hunt for the talented 5-foot-10 guard.

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