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UH Basketball Recruiting: Cougars Ink Irving PG Thompson

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Irving HS Product Jevonte Thompson Commits To UH

Jevonte "JJ" Thomspon has committed to play basketball for the University of Houston, according to Eric Rossi of

This time it’s for real, after a false alarm a week ago, Dallas area PG JJ Thompson has committed to Houston.

Thompson, a 6-foot, 185-pound point guard out of Irving High School, is rated a three-star prospect by both and He also plays football and could potentially see time on the gridiron, though basketball appears to be his primary sport. has a brief scouting report of Thomspon, whom they rate an 89/100.

The stocky lead guard runs the show with great precision only to take things into his own hands when needed. The lefty can get into the lane with his strength and quickness at will and has the fortitude to finish plays once there. If defenders start to play the drive he is more than capable of knocking down the perimeter shot off the dribble. Defensively is where he could change the game for his team. With constant ball pressure and balance Thompson harasses guards into submission gradually wearing them down with his pressure.

Thompson joins three-star SG Jherrod Stiggers on the list of 2011 UH basketball commitments.


Young Enrolled At UH

Sooner or later, Joseph Young will lace 'em up for the Houston Cougars.

After losing his battle for an immediate release from his National Letter of Intent to Providence, Young enrolled in classes at Houston, and chose to see the bright side of the year he will have to sit out.

I feel good coming in the footsteps of my dad, right beside my dad, my aunt, my family, to stay at home. It was tough at first. It came to my head it's like a blessing from God. He sent me the right way, the right path, to get better, to get stronger and next year play.

There had been rumors linking Young to a few other schools, but he ultimately made the logical pick, given his desire to stay near his family. Although he will miss the 2010-11 season, when he dons the Cougar uniform, he will be the school's most celebrated recruit in recent memory. Among the accolades Young earned in high school were an ESPN-RISE first team All-American selection, and Gatorade's pick as the Texas Boys Basketball Player of the Year.


Fabyon Harris Out, Joseph Young Sitting Out

It was a tough Tuesday for Houston Cougar hoops. A pair of guards UH hoped to have on the roster for the 2010-11 season will find themselves elsewhere.

First, point guard and Chicago native Fabyon Harris was released from the program for personal reasons. The story of Harris' life is a tragic one, and I had hoped he could have found a new lease on life in Houston, but it's understandable that coming down to Texas might not be what he wants right now.

Later in the day, the Coogs found out that Yates star Joseph Young had his appeal denied by the National Letter of Intent governing body. You may remember a feature written in these pages earlier this summer, which detailed Young's fight to get out of his commitment to Providence, and desire to stay close to home to be with his sick aunt. There was some expectation that Young would like to come home and play for the Cougars, which may still happen, but it will not be until the 2011-12 season at the earliest.

Despite Young's insistence that he will not leave for Providence, PC athletics director Bob Driscoll was proud of the spiteful victory his school scored:

The governing body of the NLI didn’t feel his appeal warranted a release and neither did I. It’s my feeling that he needs to fulfill his commitment.

The last 24 hours have provided perfect examples of the right and wrong ways to run an athletics department. You have Houston, who signed a talented kid with some personal trouble, and showed understanding and compassion when things didn't work out. Then you have Providence, who signed a talented kid with some personal trouble, and when things didn't work out, the school struck back, benefiting absolutely nobody. What a telling juxtaposition.

While Harris and Young won't make it to Hofheinz Pavilion this year, the Cougars do have some depth at the guard position. Zamal Nixon and Adam Brown return after playing significant minutes a year ago, sophomore Nick Haywood is a former Louisiana 5A player of the year, and junior college transfers Darian Thibodeaux and Trumaine Johnson could see the court right away.

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