UH men's basketball signs another recruit — 6-8, 220-pound forward Redshirt Milovic won't return to UH basketball team
By Dayton Morinaga
Advertiser Staff Writer
The University of Hawai'i men's basketball team scored yet another new recruit today, as versatile forward Dominick Brumfield said he is committed to playing for the Rainbow Warriors.
Brumfield is a 6-foot-8, 220-pound forward at Big Bend Community College in Washington. He averaged 14.2 points and 8.2 rebounds per game as a freshman this past season.
"I just pictured myself meshing with the players and coaches there," he said. "I talked it over with my parents and told them it felt like the right place for me and they agreed."
Brumfield said he would sign a national letter of intent later today.
He was being recruited by several programs, but made official visits only to Hawai'i and San Jose State.
"I had a good visit over there (at San Jose State), too," he said. "But dealing with Coach (Gib) Arnold for a couple years now made me feel comfortable with the whole situation at Hawai'i."
Brumfield said he first met Hawai'i head coach Gib Arnold three years ago, when Arnold was an assistant coach at USC and Brumfield was attending Taft High in Woodland Hills, Calif.
Brumfield transferred to Genesis One Prep school in Mississippi in 2007, then signed with Missouri State in 2008. He redshirted the 2008-09 season at Missouri State due to a foot injury.
He transferred to Big Bend in 2009, and earned second-team all-league honors. Brumfield played multiple positions at Big Bend, ranging from point guard to power forward.
"I have the utmost confidence in my abilities and I want to help the team any way I can," he said. "If they need me to play outside and shoot, dribble, I can do that. If they want me to go inside and post up, I'm comfortable there, too."
Brumfield, who lists his hometown as Carson, Calif., will be a sophomore next season and will have three seasons of eligibility. He said he still has to complete two courses at Big Bend to become eligilble at Hawai'i.
Brumfield made his visit to Hawai'i last weekend, and said he filled his cell phone with pictures and videos.
"My phone actually ran out of memory because I took so many pictures," he said. "It's just beautiful over there."
Once he signs his letter of intent, Brumfield will be the seventh new recruit to join the 'Bows for next season.
The signing class — which may not be done yet — includes four freshmen (Bo Barnes, Jordan Coleman, Bobby Miles and Trevor Wiseman) and three sophomores (Brumfield, Vander Joaquim and Josten Thomas).