When you've got the type of size, strength athleticism and shooting ability that Jherrod Stiggers has, schools are going to want you. Saturday morning, the 6-foot-5 shooting guard from Terrell (Texas) High decided he was ready to make his college choice and pulled the trigger for James Dickey's Houston Cougars.
"It's close to home and it's going to be a good fit for him," said Stiggers travel team coach of the Dallas Mustangs, Tony Johnson. "They are going let him shoot and his mom and pops can go see him."
A big and physical wing who can make difficult shots from deep, Johnson said it was Houston's style of play that played a major part in Stiggers decision.
"He's a transition type player and they are going to get up and down the floor," said Johnson. "He can catch and shoot and they are going to kick it out to him in transition.
Another selling point, according to Johnson, was the Cougars' coaching staff's deep ties to the state of Texas and commitment to working in-state programs like the Mustangs.
"They are working man," Johnson told rivals.com. "I wouldn't be surprised if they get another good player soon. They are really working it."
Local talent evaluator Glenn Smith of metroplexhoops.com says that the Cougars are getting a guy who can contribute early and often.
"Stiggers is a well built shooting guard with outstanding range and the ability to finish at the rim," said Smith. "He's a guy who should be able to make an immediate impact on the wing."