Hosted by former Hawaii basketball beat writer Brian McInnis, the Court Sense podcast hits upon hoops with relevant guests in the islands — past and present. You might get a healthy dose of fantasy, sci-fi and video gaming, too.
Bill Amis blows up on Twitter
48:52Former Hawaii team captain and All-WAC second-teamer Bill Amis connects from London during March Madness to talk about a whole host of topics, including his recent 15 minutes of fame on social media. Amis, one of six players to block 100 or more shots for his UH career, went on to have a productive seven years as a pro spanning Europe, and he just launched his own business, Off the Court, to help student-athletes capitalize on their likeness rights. Meanwhile, it's already been a turbulent offseason for the one-and-done 'Bows.
Trent Rush gets fast-tracked
45:36In this Big West tournament edition of the pod, one of the guys calling the action from the Mandalay Bay Casino in Las Vegas, Trent Rush, takes a break from his prep work to talk matchups on the men's side of the bracket. Does Hawaii have what it takes to emerge from the field as the 6 seed? First the Rainbow Warriors, who have not won a tourney game since 2016, must take their matchup with No. 3 UC Riverside. Meanwhile, the fifth-seeded UH women get No. 4 Cal State Bakersfield in their quarterfinal on Wednesday.
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Amy Atwell has unfinished business
31:28Welcome to March! The first madness-month edition of the pod doubles as the first appearance by an active Rainbow Wahine basketball player, none other than senior forward Amy Atwell. The fifth-year sharpshooter from Australia is closing in on becoming the program's all-time 3-point marksman, but she has more pressing concerns on her mind -- namely, bringing back a conference championship to Manoa. And, who knows, she still might have a couple of cracks at it. But first, the UH women and men face UC Davis in the final games before the conference tournament.
Jackson Wheeler keeps on rollin'
44:15A fixture in the Hawaii basketball program for more than two decades, former assistant coach Jackson Wheeler left a indelible impression with just about everyone he came across -- players, fellow staffers, media members, you name it. With his ability to relate to a broad cross section of people and tell-it-like-it-is style, he was invaluable in bringing in some of the top talent on some of the top teams in the 1990s and 2000s. Meanwhile, the 2020-21 Rainbow Warriors battle to rise above the dreaded play-in round of the conference tournament.
Mike Thomas piles up the dubs
44:58The winningest player in the history of the Hawaii men's basketball team, Mike Thomas, reminisces about his five-year career in Manoa spanning three head coaches, an NCAA investigation and NCAA Tournament run. Thomas breaks down how Gib Arnold, Benjy Taylor and Eran Ganot found success through different methods. He's left hoops behind -- at least as a player -- and is focusing his energies in athletic training, player development and music. Meanwhile, the bank is open for Biwali Bayles as the 'Bows withdraw a one-point W at Cal State Northridge.
Justin Webster captains a comeback
32:10Hawaii basketball co-captain Justin Webster, the reigning Big West Player of the Week, is in high demand after his sublime shooting led the Rainbow Warriors to a two-game sweep of Cal Poly and got UH back to .500 in Big West play. An 11th-hour pickup by the 'Bows last year, Webster kept falling back on the work that he'd put in with his father, a former NBA draftee. In doing so, he went from overlooked commodity to go-to guy and team leader by the midpoint of his second season in Manoa.
Dayton Morinaga hops time zones
1:08:20Dayton Morinaga, the founder and operator of the Hawaii basketball-centric website WarriorInsider.com, trades war stories with the host from his more than two decades of covering Rainbow Warrior hoops. From being on site for NCAA Tournaments in the early 2000s as a beat writer for the Honolulu Advertiser, to journeying on the mythical 2011 "Warriors to Asia" tour, to the present season defined by the pandemic, Morinaga has seen a ton. Meanwhile, the 'Bows try to end a run of futility against nemesis UC Irvine.
Sai Tummala, M.D., concurs with Hawaii style
40:08Let Dr. Sai Tummala be the cure for what's ailing you this week, as the former Hawaii sharpshooter comes on to share memories of that magical 2015-16 season that capped his college career as a graduate transfer from Arizona State. Tummala went on to get his degree from the John A. Burns School of Medicine and is in residency for orthopedic surgery at the Mayo Clinic in his native Phoenix -- a hotspot during a pandemic.
Casdon Jardine is on the mark
36:09At last, the pod gets a guest from the current Hawaii men's basketball roster. (It only took 35 episodes ... that's the host's fault.) Senior forward Casdon Jardine demonstrates why he was a natural candidate for co-captaincy, with an easy give-and-take to match his ultra-efficient start to the season as the nation's leader in 3-point percentage. He nearly willed the 'Bows to a road sweep of UC Riverside and now matches up with a familiar foe from his WAC days in Cal State Bakersfield.
Brandon Spearman searches for his award
51:33Hawaii's Big West-opening series was canceled due to a positive COVID-19 test for Cal Poly, following a trend for the entire conference. Thankfully, former 'Bow Brandon Spearman had some time between training sessions and chatted about his overseas career, interesting roommates, his bond with Gib Arnold and the possible whereabouts of his "Tip of the Spear" award.