Nov. 24.-The University of Hawaii basketball coaches were not prepared to experience the point of panic.
The University of Hawaii basketball coach was not prepared to experience the panic point.
After point guard Juan Munoz suffered an Achilles injury a week before the season opener, the Rainbow Warriors were confident that JoVon McClanahan could handle the starting role and that Justus Jackson would accelerate his progress.
“JoVon and Justus are doing a really nice job, and I think they’re going to continue to get better,” said coach Eran Ganot, whose 3-1’Bows will meet Sacramento State Friday in the opening round of the Patty Mills North Shore Classic at the Cannon Center in Laie. “They help each other and compete against each other. They lead together. They watch movies together. They have shared responsibility.”
In the archery vernacular, the point guard is called the “snake’s head” in offense, defense, and regulation.
McClanahan grew up in the Bay Area, spent time with Sheridan College of Wyoming, and joined the Archers in July 2020. He played in 53 UH games, starting 18, all four this season.
McClanahan will master the attack in the village on film and pitch plays. While he connected on 44.5% of 3s at Sheridan, he didn’t immediately transfer to UH from behind the arc. He hit 25.8% of his 3s in 2020-21, then hit 16 of his first 18 threes last season. Since then, he has hit 43.1% of his 3s, going 5-for-7 over the past two games.
“It’s about being consistent and determined, day in and day out, everyone believes in me as much as teammates and coaches,” McClanahan said.
Jackson, who grew up in Surprise, Ariz. last December he joined Arch after spending the 2021 semester at DME Academy in Daytona, Fla. Jackson showed athleticism and speed in hitting three of four shots and leading UH’s victory over Eastern Washington at halftime in the Rainbow Classic two weeks ago. Jackson’s father, Chris, is a former NFL receiver who is on the staff of the Chicago Bulls.
“He’s fast,” McClanahan said of Just Jackson. “Sometimes he moves what I want to do in my game. I teach him some things. We don’t play the same, but we have some things that can help each other.”
Jackson and McClanahan are as close as Caesar’s numbers 2 and 3. When he first came to Honolulu, Jackson stayed with McClanahan and Mate Colina. Colina is gone after last season and now rules the game of professional Australian football. McClanahan and Jackson are roommates this season.
“We have a lot of similarities,” McClanahan said. “We both laugh. We always talk basketball. Because we’re both guards, we both want to be great and we expect good things from each other.”
Both are good cooks.
“Salmon was our corner,” McClanahan said.