Hawaii forward Isaac Fotu currently ineligible pending NCAA investigation

Isaac Fotu is currently ineligible to start the season. (USATSI)
Isaac Fotu is currently ineligible to start the season. (USATSI)

Hawaii forward Isaac Fotu is currently ineligible pending an NCAA investigation, according to Rob DeMello of KHON2 in Hawaii

Acting head coach Benjy Taylor confirmed Wednesday that forward Issac Fotu is currently ineligible to play in the upcoming season due to a NCAA investigation.

In a press conference, Taylor said that the two-time All-Big West Conference junior can practice with the team, but cannot participate in games.

“All I know is we’re doing a reinstatement process with him, which, that happens all the time. We’ve had quite a few of those here and we’re doing the reinstatement paperwork with him and hopefully we’ll hear something back soon. They should make a decision soon because it’s close to the season,” he said. “Isaac’s been great. Nobody loves this place more than him and we’re hoping that he has everyone’s support. He’s a great kid and he wants to be here and he wants to play because he loves those guys in the locker room.”

Sources tell KHON2 that Fotu was under investigation for receiving improper benefits for a student-athlete.

Fotu averaged 14.9 points and 6.1 rebounds last season and was first team All-Big West. As the Warriors lose fellow All-Big West forward Christian Standhardinger, Fotu was expected to take on an even bigger role this season. He was chosen as a member of the preseason All-Big West team recently. 

Losing Fotu is just another hit to a Hawaii program that is having possibly the worst week in its history after coach Gib Arnold and assistant Brandyn Akana were fired on Tuesday following an investigation. This also acts in conjunction with athletic director Ben Jay being on medical leave at the moment.

Hawaii is in a state of absolute disarray heading into the season, which isn't good considering they have to play in what is shaping up to be a strong Big West conference. 

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