Houston scores major surprise
All summer long, if Texas Pro was playing you would be sure to see Houston head coach James Dickey and he was often accompanied by an assistant or two.
Many thought Dickey and his staff were wasting their time in pursuing Pro's duo of wing Danuel House and Chicken Knowles.
Turns out Dickey knew exactly what he was doing the entire time as the highly regarded duo verbally committed to the Cougars on Sunday night.
"Danuel House and Chicken Knowles have have just chosen head coach James Dickey and the University of Houston as their college choice," Texas Pro head coach Marland Lowe texted Rivals.com.
Ranked No. 15 nationally in the class of 2012, the 6-foot-7 House is a five-star talent from Missouri City (Texas) Hightower.
One of the top recruiting stories of the summer, House came from out of nowhere to rocket into the spotlight. He's got length, he's got athleticism and he can shoot.
The rise of House's running mate Knowles was just as impressive.
Just like House, the 6-foot-9 forward from Houston (Texas) HYCA came from off of the radar to catapult himself all the way up to No. 47 in the national rankings.
Long and lean, Knowles is a skilled four man who likes to face up defenders and beat them with his quickness or shooting ability.
According to Lowe, the commitments should send a major message.
"I think it's a huge impact as far letting the guys and people in the city of Houston know that Houston is home and it's a positive situation," said Lowe. "Everybody talks about the days of Phi Slamma Jamma and everybody remembers those days. The only thing that has changed since then is the time, coverage and that for whatever reason some of the coaches that came in didn't want to focus on the local talent and went after junior college or out of state kids."
Lowe added that the a big part of Houston landing House and Knowles was them making it known that they would prioritize keeping Houston kids home.
"The talent has always been here and coach Dickey and his staff have made a focus of the talent in the city of Houston and the state of Texas," said Lowe. "That's why they got this done."