College Basketball Nation: Gib Arnold

3-point shot: SEC's RPI troubles

January, 9, 2013
1. Florida coach Billy Donovan isn't disguising the issues facing the SEC after a subpar non-conference season. The SEC has only two teams in the top 50 in the RPI (Florida, at 10, and Missouri, at 25) -- and four teams below 200. "What you do in November and December as a league, it just sticks with you for the rest of January, February and March,'' said Donovan. "On Selection Sunday, they're talking about games that happened on Nov. 18 -- five months ago. Maybe the team got better. But because of (the non-conference) the league gets put in a box. The only way you get out of it is get as many teams in the tournament and do something.''

2. Missouri coach Frank Haith said late Tuesday night he was hopeful that forward Tony Criswell would return for Saturday's game at Ole Miss after missing the past three with a broken finger on his left (non-shooting) hand. The injury occurred in the win over Illinois. Getting Criswell back is imperative for the Tigers if leading scorer Laurence Bowers is out for any extended period of time. Haith said Bowers will have an MRI on his knee Wednesday, with the hope that all he sustained in Tuesday's victory over Alabama was a sprained MCL.

3. Hawaii is off to a 3-0 start in the Big West -- with all three wins at home. The Warriors travel to UC Irvine tonight (11 ET, ESPNU) and then to Long Beach State on Wednesday and Saturday, respectively. I was convinced that Hawaii would thrive in the Big West over the WAC. The Warriors have a real shot to be one of the league's top teams on a consistent basis. Hawaii's move to the Big West in all sports but football will end up being one of the better ones in this whole realignment mess. Coach Gib Arnold has an opportunity to be annual contender for an automatic NCAA berth.

Tourney preview: Diamond Head Classic

December, 22, 2011
College hoops doesn't totally shut down over the holiday. In fact, eight lucky teams get to spend Christmas in Hawaii, where they'll compete for top honors at the annual Diamond Head Classic. OK, OK, so this isn't quite the Maui Invitational. The field is nowhere near as strong as what we saw at the Lahaina Civic Center in November, as is usually the case when you compare the two. But for holiday hoops -- including a couple of college games on Christmas Day to distract from you all that NBA and NFL goodness (and, for that matter, your family) -- it definitely gets the job done.

And hey, there are some intriguing storylines here. Kansas State proved itself as an emerging defensive force after a dominant victory over Alabama on Saturday; the Wildcats just might be this tournament's favorite. Xavier is the obvious candidate for those honors, but can the Musketeers overcome the personnel losses they suffered in the Cincinnati brawl to avoid a first-round loss to a very tough Long Beach State team? For that matter, can the Beach -- which beat Pittsburgh at Pitt and has tested Kansas, North Carolina and Louisville on the road -- turn its impressive play into some attention-garnering wins? And what do we make of Clemson?

To get you up to speed, let's take a quick run through the eight teams in the 2011 Diamond Head Classic field, in order of their placement in the bracket. UTEP plays Clemson in the first round, Kansas State plays Southern Illinois, et al. You get the idea. And in case you'd rather not visualize an invisible bracket running across your computer screen, here's the bracket itself (PDF). To the preview:


Where they stand: Things kicked off in ugly fashion for the 2011-12 Miners -- their season opener was a home loss to Texas-San Antonio -- and haven't improved much since. The Miners also own a home loss to Stephen F. Austin, they split with New Mexico State, and their only high-major opponent to date, a struggling Oregon team, topped them in Eugene. UTEP was no doubt thrilled when it landed Tim Floyd in the wake of the USC mess, but the big-name coach has a major project ahead of him in his second season in El Paso.

Key player: Senior forward Gabriel McCulley doesn't get as many touches as some of his teammates, but he still leads the Miners in scoring, rebounding and steals, and he gets his points efficiently -- his offensive rating of 116.7 is vastly better than any of UTEP's other main contributors.

Key stat: 22.6. That's the percentage of possessions on which UTEP (4-5) turns the ball over to its opponents, which ranks the Miners No. 237 in the country. Put simply, UTEP doesn't take care of the ball, and that trait is dragging what could otherwise be a decent offense down.

Best-case scenario: UTEP gets the kind of game it prefers in Clemson -- a slow-paced defensive battle -- and manages to hold on long enough to take down the Tigers and play Kansas State tough in the second round.

Worst-case scenario: A first-round loss should give way to a favorable second-round matchup in Southern Illinois, but at that point, thanks to the dearth of quality teams on the wrong side of the bracket, UTEP will have missed its one chance to get a remotely impressive win.


Where they stand: It's hard to say. The Tigers are 6-4 this season, thanks in part to three disconcerting losses (to College of Charleston, Coastal Carolina and South Carolina, all at home). But the Tigers lost those games by three, one and three points, respectively, and thus far they've posted very impressive defensive-efficiency stats, the kind that lend confidence for the future. Perhaps this tournament, giving the Tigers the chance to test their mettle against the likes of Kansas State and/or Xavier, will help us form a more reliable picture.

Key player: Guard Andre Young is this team's leader in minutes and points, and he's been good at just about everything this year, posting an offensive rating of 129.8 (one of the top 40 in the country to date) while shooting efficiently, setting up his teammates and keeping turnovers to a minimum. Young's size (he's listed at 5-foot-9, which is almost certainly generous) could hold him back at times, but as far as efficient point guards go, he's a good one.

Key stat: 0.88. That's the number of points the Tigers allow to opponents per possession, which ranks them No. 17 in the country by Ken Pomeroy's metrics. It's a very good defense. But because Clemson has struggled to score, it has gotten bogged down in close games to seemingly inferior opponents at home, and its record has suffered as a result.

Best-case scenario: Clemson handles UTEP and moves on to play Kansas State -- another stout defensive team -- in the second round, where it finally wins one of those close games. Don't count the Tigers out.

Worst-case scenario: A loss to UTEP would certainly qualify. Then you're 6-5, and you've got a bunch of bad marks on your at-large sheet, and all of a sudden a trip to the NCAA tournament from the jumbled middle of the ACC is looking incredibly unlikely.

Kansas State

Where they stand: Quietly and steadily, Kansas State coach Frank Martin has his team off to a 7-1 start in 2011-12. The Wildcats' only loss came in double OT to West Virginia, but they bounced back with a 71-58 victory over Alabama on Saturday. For many, that might be proof enough that Martin's team is back and ready to wreak havoc in the Big 12. But a solid trip to Hawaii certainly couldn't.

Key player: Kansas State doesn't always look fluid on offense; when the Wildcats get their points, it's usually because freshman forward Thomas Gipson already hauled down a miss. Gipson has been something of a revelation early in his career, particularly on the offensive boards, and without his and fellow forward Jamar Samuels' contributions under the rim, K-State really struggles to score.

Key stat: 41.4. That's what Wildcats' opponents are shooting from the field (as measured by effective field-goal percentage) this season. That's the 11th-lowest mark in Division I hoops and a key reason why this defense has been so stout so far this season.

Best-case scenario: A championship. If Xavier isn't the favorite anymore -- and we'll see -- then it has to be Kansas State, which has one of the most talented outfits on the island and can heartily defend (like Clemson) but can also score a little bit, too (unlike Clemson).

Worst-case scenario: It's hard to imagine K-State falling to a truly bad SIU team in the first round, so worst-case is probably a loss in a knock-down, drag-'em-out defensive slugfest with Clemson in Round 2. If the Wildcats fall there, they lose a chance to play and beat the Musketeers in the finale, and that would be a nice little addition to the tournament resume.

Southern Illinois

Where they stand: On shaky ground. Remember when Southern Illinois was a mid-major darling and coach Chris Lowery was the next big thing? Those days are long gone now, and in their place is yet another brutal Salukis squad, one off to a 3-5 start that includes losses to Western Kentucky, Western Michigan, Northeastern and -- believe it or not -- something called Ohio Dominican. SIU's only wins to date: Chicago State, Northern Illinois, SIU-Edwardsville, three of the cupcakiest opponents you'll ever see. Yeah. It's bad.

Key player: Mamadou Seck. For one, he has a fantastic name. Two, he's basically Lowery's only effective player, a guy who contributes points, blocks, steals, assists and rebounding on both ends of the floor.

Key stat: 0.89. That's how many points the Salukis are averaging per possession this season. For reference's sake, it ranks them No. 314 in the country. There are 345 D-I basketball teams. You get the idea.

Best-case scenario: A win or two in the consolation rounds, maybe, or at least some signs of progress in close losses.

Worst-case scenario: Three more losses and the unfortunate continuation of what has already been a painful nonconference slate.

Long Beach State

Where they stand: Long Beach State's record doesn't come anywhere close to doing this team justice. Sure, the Beach is 5-5, but look closer. The 49ers have beaten Pitt in its own building. They lost by four at San Diego State, two at Montana, eight at Kansas and six at North Carolina, and they gave Louisville a decent run in the Yum! Center, too. This is an interesting tournament for Dan Monson's team. It clearly has the ability to hang with top teams on the road, let alone on a neutral floor, and gets to face a crippled Xavier squad in the first round. Could LBSU really pull this thing off?

Key player: The dynamic duo of Casper Ware and Larry Anderson. Ware and Anderson form one of, if not the, best mid-major backcourt duos in the country -- combined, they averaged 32.6 points per game -- and both are at their best when attacking opposing defenses off a miss in the open court. They're both good, and they're both very fun to watch. Don't miss 'em.

Key stat: 71.0. That's the number of possessions the 49ers average per game, which ranks them among the 20 or so fastest teams in the country. LBSU wants to run, run, run and then run some more, and if an opposing defense doesn't have its guard up, look out.

Best-case scenario: A championship! LBSU can play with the big boys, as it has proved in some incredibly hostile and difficult road environments this season. What's more, the 49ers get Xavier in the first round, before guard Mark Lyons finishes his suspension for his role in the Cincy-Xavier brawl two weeks ago. Call it an early Christmas present for Monson and company. If they get past the Muskies, hey, they might just win this thing.

Worst-case scenario: A loss to Xavier, which would at the very least banish them to the consolation bracket and probably end any and all hopes -- slim though they were -- of garnering some at-large consideration from the tournament selection committee in March.


Where they stand: Before the brawl, everything was peachy. The Musketeers were undefeated. Tu Holloway was doing his thing. In the post-brawl fallout, after suspensions to Holloway (one game), Lyons (two games) and Dezmine Wells (four games), the Musketeers looked putrid in a 64-42 home loss to Oral Roberts. Holloway is back for the start of the Diamond Head, but Lyons will miss one more game. Wells didn't make the trip. Can Xavier overcome the losses and assume its rightful position as this tournament's clear favorite?

Key player: Holloway. Xavier has had a tendency to underperform for roughly 35 minutes at any given time this season, at which point Holloway has rescued them with late 3s and clutch heroics. Without Lyons as his running mate Thursday, Tu won't be able to wait that long.

Key stat: 40.2. That would be Xavier's opponents' effective field-goal percentage, and if you remember the Kansas State stat, you'll know that it is very low -- the sixth-lowest in the country, to be precise. Xavier gets out on top of you, and it has both the speed and physicality to make sure good looks at the rim are rare.

Best-case scenario: A title. Frankly, Xavier should be the favorite, even with all the post-brawl personnel losses. Even with Wells at home, the Musketeers will be the most talented team on the island.

Worst-case scenario: That said, taking on LBSU's Ware-and-Anderson show without Lyons is a daunting task. It wouldn't be a shock to see Xavier drop this one, at which point it would be in the consolation bracket and facing the loser of the Auburn-Hawaii game. Ouch.


Where they stand: Here's to a forgiving schedule. The Tigers are 7-1 to begin the season, but check out this hardy list of opponents: McNeese State, Kennesaw State, Nicholls State, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Seton Hall, South Florida, North Florida, Florida A&M. The loss (81-59) came at Seton Hall. The wins came at home. Michigan State, this is not.

Key player: This team's main strength is blocked shots, and its chief purveyor of the rejection is forward Kenny Gabriel, who records a swat on 12.2 percent of available possessions. (Fellow forward Rob Chubb is no slouch defending the rim, either.)

Key stat: 20.4. That's the percentage of available possessions when this team records a block, the third-highest in the country to date. That's a lot of blocks! Unfortunately, the Tigers haven't shown much offensive know-how just yet, and they're weak in other areas. (And, to be fair, those block rates might be the product of playing that murderer's row of interior talent you see listed above.) Either way, that mark trails only Kentucky and Connecticut this season. That has to be worth something.

Best-case scenario: A win in the first round and an encouraging coming-out party -- win or lose -- in a second-round matchup against a full-strength Xavier team. At the very least, it would help improve that dreadful nonconference strength of schedule. Ick.

Worst-case scenario: A loss to Hawaii in the first round and a blowout to either Xavier or LBSU in the second.


Where they stand: Gib Arnold's team is 5-4 and ranked No. 231 in Pomeroy's rankings. That kind of says it all. The wins have come against Cal-State Northridge, UC Davis, Pacific, Hawaii-Hilo and North Carolina A&T; the losses were a product of matchups with Gonzaga, Eastern Washington, Pepperdine and Pacific. That's exactly what you'd expect. The good news? Hawaii doesn't have to do the traveling, time-change adjusting, touristing and everything else that comes with a trip to Hawaii. The Warriors can just play. Maybe that's good for an upset or two?

Key player: Zane Johnson is this team's leading scorer, but forward Vander Joaquim -- 11.6 points, 9.8 rebounds, 1.4 blocks per game -- is its most productive player, and one the Warriors will need if they plan on playing at the rim with the block-happy Tigers.

Key stat: 24.3 percent. That's Hawaii's turnover rate this season, which puts it near the bottom 50 or so in the country and has, along with subpar shooting, truly stunted this offense to date.

Best-case scenario: Auburn hasn't had to experience road basketball often this season, let alone road basketball in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, so Arnold's team might have an early upset (so to speak) in them here. But with LBSU or Xavier awaiting in the second round, it's hard to picture the Warriors going any further than that.

Worst-case scenario: Finishing without a win, which would mean (almost certainly) losing to Southern Illinois at some point. Losses to Southern Illinois are probably best avoided. To put it kindly.

Hawaii trains with Marines, no day at beach

October, 4, 2011
When we last checked in with Hawaii, the Warriors were playing touch football on Waikiki Beach, where a rainbow had appeared to provide the perfect backdrop to a day working out in paradise.

According to Warrior Insider, the team had a tougher time getting used to training at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, where a drill instructor barked orders at the players wearing camouflage pants and made them do proper pushups.
"I might have to bring the staff sergeant in and put him on staff because he had them in line and he had them working," [coach Gib] Arnold said. "It was perfect. He was great. You can tell the guy does that for a living. He had them popping."

And then there was the dreaded obstacle course, where the Warriors put their bodies to the test. They had to hop over bars, logs and other barriers before finishing off with a rope climb and a run that left many completely exhausted.
"Very tough," freshman Shaquille Stokes said. "It's worse than the beach, I'll tell you that. I wish we were at the beach today."

It was yet another team-building exercise Arnold put together for a group that could very well contend for the WAC title in its final season before leaving for the Big West. The Warriors went on a preseason tour of Asia and should enter the season with momentum based off of that trip. According to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Arnold also stands to be rewarded with a pay raise after his first season landed the team in a postseason tournament.

The team might have had to sweat through an intense workout with the Marines, but if it pays off down the road with a championship, it'll be a day the players remember fondly.

WAC, Gib Arnold

Hawaii conducts workout next to rainbow

September, 12, 2011
The beauty of Hawaii has attracted people from far and wide to come to the island, and for the school's basketball players, it's quite a treat to call it home.

Recently, the team experienced a postcard moment that is fitting for a group that is still referred to at times as the Rainbow Warriors.

During a morning workout on Waikiki Beach as the players got a game of touch football going, a majestic rainbow appeared as can been seen in this video from Warrior Insider.

"It's beautiful," coach Gib Arnold said. "We're grinding in paradise."

"Only in Hawaii," freshman guard Shaquille Stokes said.

Is the rainbow a sign of good luck for a team that made good strides during Arnold's first season? Hawaii had 19 wins and made a postseason tournament appearance.

The Warriors return three of their top four scorers and also found out during their preseason tour of Asia that they have quite a player in Stokes.

On the other hand, not everything is going according to plan in paradise. Arnold could lose as many as four signees from his recruiting class due to academics, including the two that Arnold was able to take surfing during their official visits. He also lost his top recruiter in associate head coach Walter Roese, who resigned last month to return home to Brazil.

But on a picture-perfect day, it appeared that Hawaii didn't have a care in the world while preparing for the season, according to Warrior Insider.
They went through various running and jumping drills for about an hour, and then ended the workout with a competitive game of two-hand touch football.

"We do this every Saturday morning at 6 a.m.," Hawaii head coach Gib Arnold said. "We just get here before anybody else gets here, and we just have a real good hour-long workout. It's a lot of fun, but it's also really hard because you're doing it on the beach."

WAC, Gib Arnold

Foreign tours come with language barriers

August, 8, 2011
Hawaii is currently in China on its preseason tour and already has its go-to guy when it comes to overcoming any language barriers it might encounter there.

Hauns Brereton, a junior college transfer from Tennessee, spent two years in Taiwan serving his church mission and speaks Chinese. He was able to show off his skills in a video with Warrior Insider in which Hawaii coach Gib Arnold asked how to say certain basketball phrases, only failing to sufficiently translate of all things, "Get back on defense!"

Other teams won't be so fortunate in having foreign language speakers on the roster. When Iowa State asked its players in advance of the team's trip to Italy to read off a few phrases, the most popular line appeared to be...

"My favorite one is 'non parlo italiano,'" Cyclones forward Anthony Booker said. "It means, 'I don't speak Italian.'"

It's fine not to speak the language fluently, but it certainly doesn't hurt to try, especially when the players will be getting as much of a cultural experience out of these trips as they will experience on the court. For some, it will be their first time leaving American soil. Playing overseas could also be in their professional futures, so it never hurts to pick up a phrase here and there.

For Georgetown, it helps that in advance of its trip to China, staff member Michael Wang can assist with showing everyone from the players on down to the team mascot how to say a few things in Chinese.

Stew Morrill: USU won't be favorite in WAC

July, 13, 2011
Utah State, which has won four straight conference titles in the WAC, will not be favored to continue its domination of the league if coach Stew Morrill is correct about what he sees as an Aggies team filled with question marks.

"For the first time in several years, we will not be the favorite in the WAC," Morrill said in a statement. "We hope the challenges of the preseason will help us improve enough to be a competitive WAC team. Nevada, New Mexico State and Hawaii appear to be very strong and we look forward to seeing how it all shakes out."

Perhaps that's an overstatement, and don't mistake Morrill's preseason prediction for a prediction on where Utah State will finish in the standings. The Aggies might be losing six seniors off their NCAA tournament team, including WAC player of the year Tai Wesley, but Morrill has managed to plug holes before after the departures of top players like Jaycee Carroll and Gary Wilkinson. Point guard Brockeith Pane is the only member of the all-conference first team to return.

Morrill is correct in noting that the rest of the league appears to be improving. Nevada had the league's freshman of the year in Deonte Burton. New Mexico State saw Troy Gillenwater turn pro, but will get top rebounder Wendell McKines back from surgery. Hawaii continues to recruit well under coach Gib Arnold, though two of his signees won't be joining the program due to academics.

Utah State still should be very much in the conversation to repeat as champion, and if it does get to the NCAA tournament again, Morrill has put together a schedule that might get the Aggies a better seed than the No. 12 seed they were assigned after a 30-win season. They host BYU in the season opener, play at Wichita State and play in the World Vision Challenge against Kent State before an important road game against Mississippi State on New Year's eve.

Then comes the WAC schedule, which Utah State can only hope won't be the RPI killer it was a year ago. A better conference would help the Aggies achieve their goal of a higher seed in the NCAA tournament, even if they think it makes it more difficult to get the nod as the favorite in the preseason.

Hawaii raising money for tour of Asia

May, 23, 2011
Hawaii hopes to go on a foreign tour in August, and the trip to China, Hong Kong and Japan will be entirely privately funded. The team will not be using funds from the university or the state, so while corporate sponsors have underwritten a portion of the more than $100,000 that needs to be raised, the program is now turning to its fans.

Coach Gib Arnold is asking Warriors fans to either purchase travel packages or donate to help fund the foreign tour, with the school setting up the website.

"We are hoping our fans will help support us in raising the remainder of the money needed for the trip -- either by purchasing a travel package or making a donation to our 'Warriors To Asia' fund," Arnold said in a statement. "We believe this will be an incredible experience for our team and a wonderful opportunity for UH to build lasting relationships with China and Japan. Those fans who join us will have an unforgettable experience."

The plan to get the team out to Asia has been quite an undertaking for Arnold, who believes it will get his players much-needed experience and momentum coming off a 19-win season. Aside from that, there's more.

According the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Arnold thinks the team's presence in Asia could pay off down the road in recruiting.
Beyond the valuable game experience for his team, including incoming players, Arnold hopes to make Manoa an appealing destination for future top-tier Chinese athletes, who, to this point, rarely leave their oft-closed society for American college athletics.

"Quite honestly, when I started thinking about this, I'd like to get the next Yao Ming," Arnold said with a chuckle. "It's become bigger than that, if you can become bigger than Yao Ming."

WAC, Gib Arnold

Hawaii coaches give recruits surfing lessons

May, 2, 2011
Hawaii coach Gib Arnold welcomed a pair of new players to the program and the Aloha State by helping them do as the Hawaiians do and catch some waves.

Dayton Morinaga of Warrior Insider has video of Arnold teaching incoming freshmen Dillon Biggs and Gerry Blakes how to surf on an idyllic Hawaiian day in a scene that was, well, pretty awesome for the Los Angeles-area natives to experience.

According to Warrior Insider, both players had already signed their national letters of intent before even taking their official visits and getting to go surfing.
Hawaii head coach Gib Arnold and assistant coach Brandyn Akana both surf in their spare time, so they provided the guidance and instructions for Biggs and Blakes.

"Well, I don't think we have to worry about either of them getting a surfing scholarship any time soon," Arnold said with a laugh.

As expected for first-time surfers, Biggs and Blakes spent more time falling into the ocean than riding the waves, but both said it was a priceless experience.

Arnold, who did the haka at Midnight Madness in his first season as coach, has gone shirtless once again to show how attractive his program can be with its natural advantages. That it was two recruits from Los Angeles who were able to do the surfing was no coincidence.

Arnold, the former USC assistant, has signed seven players from Southern California with his first two recruiting classes (one has since left the program) and also has USC transfer Davis Rozitis becoming eligible next season.

The ability to draw talent from one of the nation's recruiting hotbeds should pay dividends for Arnold after he led the Warriors to a 19-win season and an appearance in the Postseason Tournament, the program's first appearance in the postseason since 2004.

Hawaii is leaving the WAC after next season to join the Big West, which is made up of mostly Southern California schools and will allow numerous opportunities for players to have their families watch them play.

And as evidenced by the surfing lessons, life in Hawaii isn't all that bad, either.

Hawaii walk-on pulls double duty

December, 27, 2010
Think you had a busy holiday weekend?

Hawaii walk-on guard Jeremiah Ostrowski caught two passes in the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl, and less than 24 hours later on Christmas played two minutes in his college basketball debut in the Diamond Head Classic on campus.

The 5-foot-9 Ostrowski did not score in Hawaii's surprising win against Mississippi State, but his quick turnaround was even more impressive because he told Warrior Insider afterward that he was playing with a sprained shoulder.
"That was something I wasn't expecting to get -- much playing time," Ostrowski said of his surprising basketball debut. "I hurt my shoulder yesterday in the (football) game … so I wasn’t expecting to play at all."

What's more, Ostrowski has yet to complete a full practice with the UH basketball team. He agreed to join the basketball team earlier this month, but said his primary focus would be with the football team until after the Hawaii Bowl.

It was announced Dec. 8 that Ostrowski would be joining the basketball team after the bowl game, but who knew it would be a mere hours afterward?

A Honolulu native, Ostrowski was a four-time all-state first-team selection in high school, but declined the basketball offers he received to play wide receiver.

Recent transfers under first-year coach Gib Arnold have made Ostrowski a welcome addition to Hawaii's backcourt, and he got some court time to get a sense of what it's like to play Division I basketball before the Warriors open WAC play this week with a tough road game at Utah State.

"I just wanted to get him out there to (have him) realize, "Hey Miah, you're playing for us. We're going to need you,'" Arnold told reporters.

Two Hawaii newcomers leave the program

December, 8, 2010
Guards Jordan Coleman and Anthony Salter have opted to leave Hawaii after playing sparingly during the first month under new coach Gib Arnold.

Salter, a junior college transfer, appeared in five games before not playing during the team's recent road trip.

Coleman, a freshman, played in only two games after signing with previous coach Bob Nash and choosing to stay with the program upon Arnold's arrival.

"Jordan and Anthony have chosen to leave the team and pursue other schools where they will have the possibility of more playing time," Arnold said in a statement. "We appreciate their efforts and wish them all the best."

Arnold did announce an addition to his backcourt, as Jeremiah Ostrowski from the football team will join the program.

The Warriors got off to a 5-0 start, but have been missing injured leading scorer Bill Amis and lost twice on the road since the 6-foot-9 forward went down.